Sarah Sanders Insists Trump is Doing ‘Very Well’ in Polls: ‘Rasmussen Had Him at 45%’


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put some hardcore spin on President Donald Trump‘s stagnant approval ratings in an interview on CNN’s New Day ahead of the State of the Union Tuesday. CNN host John Berman pointed out that the president’s approval rating among independents has remained at a lackluster 41% since 2017. “And I present that because if the goal here is for the president to expand beyond his base, the evidence is, is that’s been a challenge. He hasn’t had results there,” Berman said. “And I wonder if you’ve thought about why?” “I think the president’s primary focus isn’t on results in the polls, of which I think there are a number of them he’s doing very well. Rasmussen had him at 45% just earlier this week,” Sanders replied [Editor’s note: Trump has tweeted about polls literally hundreds of times]. “The biggest focus that Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Insists Trump is Doing ‘Very Well’ in Polls: ‘Rasmussen Had Him at 45%’"

Mika on Trump’s Low Poll Numbers: ‘Potpourri of Issues Where This President is Repugnant’


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Morning Joe ran through the numbers on Thursday and found that they’re not very good for President Trump. The show examined the new CNN/SSRS poll which found that 61% of Americans support Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigation, 72% think Trump should testify under oath, and almost half of the country thinks the president ought to be impeached. Joe Scarborough acknowledged that these numbers might not change the behavior of congressional Republicans since so many are “scared of their own shadow,” though he found it remarkable that Trump managed to find new ways to make himself unpopular. “I would have never guessed, but the child separation followed by Helsinki and followed actually by the ugliness surrounding John McCain‘s funeral,” Scarborough said. “It’s had a devastating impact on the numbers.” Mika Brzezinski also got in on the conversation, saying “there’s a potpourri of issues where this president is repugnant.” Continue reading "Mika on Trump’s Low Poll Numbers: ‘Potpourri of Issues Where This President is Repugnant’"

New Poll: Most Americans Don’t Think Taking a Knee During National Anthem is Unpatriotic


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The majority of Americans don’t think that players taking a knee during the national anthem is unpatriotic, according to a just-released Quinnipiac poll. According to the June 7 report, 58 percent of American voters say that the players choosing to protest are not being unpatriotic. In addition, the majority of American voters, 53 percent, say that professional athletes have the “right to protest on the playing field or court.” A narrow majority, 51 percent, also think that the NFL should not fine kneelers. Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, summarized the findings as follows:
“Voters are clearly torn on the National Anthem issue. They seem to be saying, ‘You can
still love your country and kneel during its Anthem,’ but the NFL’s new ‘must stand’ mandate is fine with them, too. As for teams that defy the new rule, Americans say, ‘Don’t throw a flag Continue reading "New Poll: Most Americans Don’t Think Taking a Knee During National Anthem is Unpatriotic"

Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016


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One hundred and seventy-four days remain until the United States’ midterm elections (421 until the next presidential election, but who’s counting) — which means there’s still time to “evolve” how polling is conducted. The 2016 presidential election wasn’t polling’s shining moment, with many post-mortems pointing to opinion polls misleading election forecasters and underestimating now-President Trump’s support. It didn’t help that some polls were tied to news organizations that don’t really have the resources anymore to support this work — at least doing this work well. There’s no perfect poll aside from (maybe) the ballot itself, but the polling system — both conducted by the media and reported on in the media — has faced critics since long before November 8, 2016. These issues contributed to the Associated Press’ and Fox News’ departure from the Election Day polling data shared by the major networks last year. But now the wire Continue reading "Exiting the exit poll: The AP’s new plan for surveying voters after a not-so-hot 2016"

New Poll Reveals Who Americans Believe More: Trump or Comey


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A new poll found that Americans think fired FBI director James Comey is “more believable” than President Donald Trump, and support the expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. By a 16-point margin, 48-32 percent, Americans find Comey more believable than Trump, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll. The poll comes as Comey embarks on a press tour for his bombshell book revealing the gritty details of his ouster from the FBI by Trump, at the dawn of the Russia investigation. And while Comey’s personal favorability rating is weak (30% favorable, 32% unfavorable), Americans disapprove of Trump’s decision to fire Comey by a 14-point margin, 47-33. Meanwhile, Mueller — who’s leading the investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties — receives majority support from Americans to expand his investigation into the president’s business activities. That’s worth remembering the next time a pundit declares ‘the American people want to Continue reading "New Poll Reveals Who Americans Believe More: Trump or Comey"

Opinary is building new tools to help news orgs use polls to inform their coverage


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News organizations have spent a lot of time talking to their readers; these days, they’re getting a little bit better at listening. Increased adoption of tools like Hearken and GroundSource over the past two years have shown that more newsrooms understand how direct feedback from readers can help drive their coverage. Germany-based Opinary has also benefited from this shift in outlook. The company, which develops polling tools that publishers can embed in their articles, recently raised €3 million ($2.7 million) both to build its product and to fund its expansion into the U.S., where it already has a small foothold. In addition to landing most of the top news organizations in Germany, Opinary has attracted the likes of The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, and The Independent in the U.K. and Time, Fortune, Forbes, HuffPost, NBC, and NPR in the U.S. Over 60 media companies
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Why Twitter Polls Should Have a Warning Label


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“If you want the public’s opinion on anything — what to name your dog, who will win tonight’s game, which election issue people care most about — there’s no better place to get answers than on Twitter.” This is how Twitter introduces its “Twitter Polls” feature. Twitter polls might be useful for entertainment and business, but when it comes to politics, it’s more complicated: Twitter polls are not scientific; they are not systematically conducted and therefore cannot represent public opinion. Yet surprisingly, many individuals – ordinary citizens, public officials and political leaders – treat Twitter polls as valid representation of public opinion. Whether they fail to recognize its unscientific nature or intentionally use it as a pseudo-scientific platform for promoting their views, the result is increased cacophony, misinformation and polarization in social media and beyond. Given these problems, Twitter should update its design by adding an interactive warning
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Trump (Once Again) Tweets Out Poll Showing Most Americans Disapprove of His Job Performance


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Last month, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout a Rasmussen poll that showed he had a 46% approval rating. Immediately, the president was mocked for hyping up a survey that showed that the majority of Americans disapproved of the job he was doing. (It should also be noted that the Rasmussen poll was an outlier at the time, with most surveys showing Trump’s approval numbers in the 30s.) Well, he was back at it today. With a bevy of new polls showing Trump’s approval rating as low as 32%, POTUS jumped on one from Morning Consult/Politico that came out a few days ago. Yes, he tweeted out a poll that has his approval rating at 45% (disapproval is at 51% in that survey) along with the caption “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Continue reading "Trump (Once Again) Tweets Out Poll Showing Most Americans Disapprove of His Job Performance"

White House Aides Reportedly Showing Trump Selective Polls ‘To Make Him Feel Good’


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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout a Rasmussen poll that showed that the majority of Americans disapproved of him. The way Trump framed it, however, was to indicate that the mainstream media was lying by saying his poll numbers were in the 30s. Instead, Rasmussen having him at 46% was fair because they were “one of the most accurate polls” and that “some people” think his job approval numbers “could be in the 50s.” Now, since boasting about a poll that still finds him underwater, Rasmussen has dropped to 42% and RealClearPolitics has his average at 38.4% with only one other recent poll above 40%. (HuffPost Pollster has his average at 39.1%.) So, one wonders, why exactly does Trump think his poll numbers could be in the 50s and that it is fake news that they’re in the 30s? According to Continue reading "White House Aides Reportedly Showing Trump Selective Polls ‘To Make Him Feel Good’"

Trump Touts Poll Showing Majority of Americans Disapprove of His Performance


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President Donald Trump tweeted out a Rasmussen poll early Tuesday morning showing his approval rating at 46 per cent, calling it “[one] of the most accurate polls”: Trump added that the “#FakeNews likes to say” his approval rating is in the 30s, but that “[they] are wrong,” and “[some] people think numbers could be in the 50’s.” The Rasmussen poll Trump touted in his tweet, while showing his approval rating to be higher than most other polls, still doesn’t look great for the president. While 46% of voters approve of his performance, 53% disapprove. “The latest figures include 30% who Strongly Continue reading "Trump Touts Poll Showing Majority of Americans Disapprove of His Performance"

New Poll: Americans Trust CNN More Than Trump By a 50-43 Margin


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“You are fake news!” Then President-elect Donald Trump told CNN’s Jim Acosta at a press conference in January. Turns out, according to a new poll, that a majority of Americans do not agree. But the overall margin is slender and (surprise, surprise) the survey breaks down sharply along partisan lines. According to a new SurveyMonkey poll published by Axios, 50 percent of Americans trust CNN more than they trust President Donald Trump. Forty-three percent, meanwhile, trust the President more than they do the cable news network. The breakdown of how members of the two parties answered this question, though, is truly stunning. Ninety-one percent of Democrats find CNN to be more truthful than Trump. While 89 percent of Republicans find Trump to be the more honest broker. Independents backed CNN over the President by a 55-40 split. According to Axios, SurveyMonkey pollster Jon Cohen believes the contentious nature Continue reading "New Poll: Americans Trust CNN More Than Trump By a 50-43 Margin"

New Poll Finds 42 Percent of Trump Voters Think It’s Appropriate to Bodyslam Reporters


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Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 17.29.13 42% of Trump voters said they thought it appropriate for Republican politicians to bodyslam reporters, according to a new nationwide poll out Monday, conducted by Public Policy Polling. The new poll comes on the heels of newly elected Montana congressman Greg Gianforte’s bodyslamming of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of Gianforte’s election. The new congressman pled guilty to assaulting Jacobs on Monday, and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management. That was after he issued a lengthy apology to the reporter and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Despite assaulting a reporter the night before the election, Gianforte beat his Democrat opponent Rob Quist. Reports from the time indicated that alarmingly few Republican voters in Montana cared that their candidate attacked a reporter, and some even saw the assault as deserved. Conservative media was equally irreverent about the unprovoked assault Continue reading "New Poll Finds 42 Percent of Trump Voters Think It’s Appropriate to Bodyslam Reporters"

‘Thank You For Your Support!’ Trump Touts New Poll Which Finds Majority Disapprove of Him


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holt trump letteredited Following an eventful day in Brussels during which he dressed down NATO leaders, had a couple of awkward encounters with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, and appeared to shove someone aside so he could be in front of the group at a NATO ceremony, President Donald Trump relaxed in the best way he knows how — by firing up Twitter and sending out a dispatch about how much people like him. Trump took to his preferred social media network and touted the results of Thursday’s Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential tracking poll. The Rasmussen poll is known to skew somewhat conservative. And indeed, according to FiveThirtyEight which aggregates approval rating polls, the Rasmussen number is currently the largest outlier, rating Trump Continue reading "‘Thank You For Your Support!’ Trump Touts New Poll Which Finds Majority Disapprove of Him"

Nate Silver: Trump’s Strong Support Base is Eroding


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Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 13.05.45 There exists a common narrative amongst political talking heads regarding President Donald Trump’s base of support: as his approval ratings plummet to new lows on a daily basis, his core supporters remain defiantly by his side. Nate Silver seeks to put an end to that apparent misconception in a new report for FiveThirtyEight, pointing to an erosion of Trump’s “strong support”:
But the theory isn’t supported by the evidence. To the contrary, Trump’s base seems to be eroding. There’s been a considerable decline in the number of Americans who strongly approve of Trump, from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now. Far from having unconditional love from his base, Trump has already lost almost a third of his strong support.
Silver also notes, citing data gleaned from his FiveThirtyEight’s approval ratings tracker, that voters who “strongly disapprove” Continue reading "Nate Silver: Trump’s Strong Support Base is Eroding"

Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ Polls Containing ‘Very Positive Info’ About Himself


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trump2 President Donald Trump is slamming the media’s polling on him again, even as he brags about the details he’s actually happy to hear. As Trump approaches his first 100 days in office, two polls were released on Sunday, exploring how voters view his presidency so far. The new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal found that 45 percent of Americans think the Trump Administration is off to a “poor” start. At the same time, the new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that even though Trump’s voter base remains extremely solid, his approval rating rests at 42 percent. Trump approvingly cited polls yesterday, saying they were “very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always Continue reading "Trump Bashes ‘Fake News’ Polls Containing ‘Very Positive Info’ About Himself"

New Poll: Trump Approval Back Up To 50


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trump-12-1 The American public is now evenly split about President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to the latest poll from Rasmussen, which was released on Monday. The polling company highlighted that “this is the first time the president’s overall approval rating has been back in the 50s in nearly a month. Just after his inauguration, Trump’s job approval peaked at 59% and remained in the 50s every day until early March.” However, in terms of strong feelings for the President, 39 percent “strongly disapprove” of Mr. Trump’s job performance, versus only 30 percent who “strongly approve.” There is evidence, however, that the Rasmussen result may have been an outlier, as President Trump had lower job approval ratings in other recent polls. Marist’s Friday poll had the billionaire at 39 percent approval, Continue reading "New Poll: Trump Approval Back Up To 50"

Poll: Bernie Sanders Most Popular Senator, McConnell and McCain Among Least Popular


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ct-bernie-sanders-obama-dan-pfeiffer-20150719-001 New survey data on all 100 U.S. Senators from their constituents reveals some good news for one prominent independent Senator, and bad news for several Republicans. According to a new poll by the Morning Consult, Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of anyone in the Senate — with 75 percent of Vermont voters giving him a thumbs-up on his job performance. The news was not as good for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). He has the highest disapproval rating in the Senate, with 47 percent of Kentuckians unhappy with his work as leader of the majority party, as opposed to only 44 percent who approve. The Senator with the second-highest disapproval rating? None other than John McCain (R-AZ). The Arizona Senator, who was recently elected to his sixth term in the chamber, has a disapproval rating of 43 percent. The silver lining for McCain is that his approval Continue reading "Poll: Bernie Sanders Most Popular Senator, McConnell and McCain Among Least Popular"

New Poll: Americans Less Likely to Buy Products Endorsed by Trump


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Donald Trump in front of TV camera (Shutterstock) Now that Donald Trump has become President Trump, NBC News has partnered with Simmons Research to try to figure out just what kind of effect Trump’s endorsement would have on a given product. Simmons conducted a survey using the following questions:
  • Would you be more likely to use a product endorsed by President Trump?
  • Would you be less likely to use a product endorsed by President Trump?
  • Would you actively boycott a product endorsed by President Trump?
The results did not reflect well on the president. A full 49% responded in the affirmative to “less likely,” 29% did so for the “boycott” option, and just 18% said “yes” to the “more likely” question. “We know Trump is a very polarizing figure, but these data suggest that the people who don’t like Trump feel much more strongly about it than the people who do like him,” said Steven Millman Continue reading "New Poll: Americans Less Likely to Buy Products Endorsed by Trump"

‘Trump Numbers Dropping is Significant’: Ann Coulter Hits Trump For Focusing on ‘Obamacare Lite’


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coulter On Twitter this afternoon, one of President Donald Trump’s earliest and most vocal supporters took some shots at POTUS over his dropping job approval ratings, suggesting it’s because he’s focusing on the wrong things. Responding to former Mexican President Vicente Fox mocking Trump for his ratings, conservative author and provocateur Ann Coulter first noted that Trump’s poll numbers are generally not accurate. However, she then went on to sound the alarm on the latest polls, calling them “significant” as it seems to show Trump is moving away from being himself.

Down But Not Out: New Poll Puts Trump Approval at 46%


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A new poll shows that President Donald Trump is maintaining a 46% approval ratings. The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, also showed that 53% of voters disapproved of the President’s performance.

The figures came from Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

The numbers offer a glimmer of hope to the Trump administration which has been buffeted by controversies almost since taking office. In recent weeks, the White House has been rocked by the resignation of National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, revelations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and President Trump’s own claims that his home in Trump Tower was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The new Rasmussen figures show the continuation of a long trend of Trump’s support eroding. On Inauguration Day, the president had a 56% approval ratings which has more or less ticked downward with each new survey.

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