public opinion

Sorry, Media, Most Americans Aren’t That Into Politics

Scott Rasmussen, The American Spectator

The final outcome of this year's midterms may be determined by a group of voters that neither political team can begin to comprehend. Like most Americans, these voters overwhelmingly recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than presidents of the United States. Much of the discord in the political process today stems from the inability of the politically obsessed to understand the majority of Americans who don’t fit the dominant political narrative. Often, it seems as if the politically engaged don’t even want to understand the rest of the country.

Dems grapple with Trump’s resilience

Niall Stanage, The Hill

Democratic explanations for Trump’s resiliency encompass several factors: the strength of the economy; his voters’ tendency to discount negative press coverage as a product of the “fake news media”; and the visceral connection he enjoys with his base, partly because of his willingness to press cultural hot buttons relating to race, immigration and related issues. For the moment, the idea of a Trump collapse looks increasingly unrealistic, at least in the short term.

New Poll: Conservatives Expect Tax Cut to Aid GOP Candidates

More than 93% of those responding to a recent FedUp PAC poll say that the across-the-board tax cut will help Republicans in next year’s elections, while less than 4% disagree. This contrasts strongly with a recent poll from CBS News.

Trump's post-Charlottesville ratings confound his naysayers

James Freeman, Wall Street Journal

It is striking that after much of the media labored so hard last week to try to tie Mr. Trump to white supremacists, the public doesn’t seem to be buying it. In what was portrayed as perhaps his worst week in office, the RealClearPolitics average shows a slight improvement in his weak approval ratings.

Sen. Ben Sasse: Why are #NeverHillary and #NeverTrump the Only Choices?

Senator Ben Sasse, a principled limited government constitutional conservative if there ever was one, asks why are Americans faced with the choice of #NeverHillary or #NeverTrump. Sasse says there is room – indeed an appetite – for an alternative candidate. What say you?