Not that popular polling is always the best way to govern, but the current capacity of the Republican controlled federal government to ignore public opinion is amazing. For example, the Republican tax plan has a 26% approval rating [PR] 91% of Democrats, and perhaps more importantly, 61% of independent voters disapprove of the plan. 66% of Republicans approve of the plan, but we have to remember 37% of the American public identifies with the GOP. [HP]
While we’re remembering the horror at the Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago (and not forgetting the massacre at the Las Vegas music concert) we know that 32% of Republicans, 83% of Democrats, and 62% of independents support stronger guns laws in this country. Overall support for stricter control of firearms stands at 60%. [PR]
The FCC decision to eliminate the net neutrality rules, some of which go back to the less than golden age of dial up, isn’t popular either. Polling found that 83% of registered voters disliked the idea, 75% of whom were Republican and 89% of Democrats. 86% of registered voters who were independent didn’t like the idea either. However, the FCC marched on with a 17% approval rating for its new “light touch” policy.
It seems that whenever the President* starts feeling the heat from Congressional, popular, or media sources he retreats to his anti-immigration rhetoric. The Wall seems either literally or metaphorically important to him, but it isn’t all that much in the eyes of the nation he’s supposed to be leading. 36% of registered voters support The Wall, while 62% oppose it. [PR] Voters were given three choices about Dreamers, stay and apply for citizenship, stay but not as citizens, or leave the country. The December Marist poll found 58% supporting the stay/citizenship option, 23% supported stay but not as citizens, and only 15% supported deportation. As of the week of December 6th the Quinnipiac Poll found 77% supporting the stay/citizenship application option, 7% supported the stay with no citizenship option, and only 12% supporting the deportation option.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen polling about Vladimir Putin, the other half of the Trump-Putin bromance. There was some polling done last Summer which might be instructive. Last July only 15% of Americans had a positive feeling about Putin, and as of late June 2017 approximately 50% of Americans felt the President* was too friendly with the Russian leader. [PR]
A person might think that a leader who isn’t stone deaf to public sentiment or stonewalling to protect his self image might want to consider how best to reach toward a broader audience, and to cultivate something more than a 32% approval rating. Apparently that consideration isn’t getting much traction in the current White House.
Nor does it seem like the first session of the 115th Congress is paying much attention either. In fact, it looks like the GOP is doing the drafting of the Democratic Platform for 2018 — Net Neutrality, DACA, common sense gun regulation, immigration reform, and real tax reform for working Americans. The 32% President and his 37% party are perhaps doing the best they can to elevate the Democratic Party in the mid term elections?