When it comes to polls, Trump loves to hate them. There is a good reason too, even his favorite news network, Fox News, can’t make the numbers show what he wants them to show. In fact, in a recent Fox poll, the overall message seems to be, “Trump, they’re just not that into you.”
Fox is, admittedly, not Trump’s favorite poll, that would be Rasmussen, but even Rasmussen is showing a marked decline in the popularity of this administration. The Fox poll, while it doesn’t really have any huge landmark revelations, is remarkable for its overall lackluster numbers on Trump. Not just the man, but everything about him; his White House, his wall, his orders, even his upset victory. Forty-nine percent of the respondents found that more upsetting than the Superbowl upset victory by the Patriots.
In the Fox poll, 1,013 registered voters — 39 percent who self-identified as Republican and 19 percent as Independent — were asked a series of 47 questions, and a few of the questions even showed a positive spin towards Trump.
They survey’s ugliest numbers show that 45 percent of the respondents said they trust “the Trump administration” to tell them the truth more than, “the reporters who cover the administration?” However, that number, which is the one that conservative outlets like The Daily Caller and Breitbart are seizing on, sits right next to the fact that 43 percent disagree, so much for his magical mandate. How anyone could trust an administration lead by an inveterate liar is lost on many of us, but we are talking about a Fox News survey, here.
Most of this survey is skewed away from the Trump line.
Seventy-one percent of the respondents believe that “Trump should be more careful about what he says or how he says it.” Even though the question was framed to remind those who “like that he speaks his mind” to respond in Trump’s favor, only 28 percent of Republicans did. It seems that the bloom is off that rose.
Regarding whether Senate Democrats are doing everything possible to block Trump’s overwhelmingly unqualified, one-percenter cabinet picks, Fox framed the question thusly: “Do you approve or disapprove of Senate Democrats doing everything they can to block any of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees they don’t like?” They. Don’t. Like. The question comes with an implication that liberals in Congress are throwing a tantrum because they simply don’t like Trump’s picks, however, even with a fully-loaded question, a full 42 percent approve, while 54 percent disapprove.
People trust the Executive Branch twice as much as they trust Congress, 13 to 26 percent. However, 45 percent trust the Supreme Court more than both the Congress and the President. It seems that Trump’s maligning of the court and our judges wasn’t his best way to get attention.
Forty-five percent of the respondents think the government isn’t spending enough, which just doesn’t fit the Republican narrative. Another 25 percent believe the spending is “just right.” Only 25 percent of respondents said that the government spends “too much.” That is quite a flat tire to the right-wing agenda of slashing government spending.
Trump loves to talk about “making our military strong again,” but it seems that only 41 percent think it was getting weaker, while the very same number — 41 percent — responded that it was unchanged. A tie… until you add in the 15 percent who said it is was stronger, making it 66 percent who disagree with Trump’s assessment that our military is weaker.
Further, Trump’s not-a-Muslim-ban-Muslim-ban doesn’t seem to make respondents feel safer. Well, it makes 42 percent feel safer, but it made no difference to how safe 24 percent felt, and made 33 percent feel less safe. That means that 57 percent of responses either felt no safer or less safe. However, those numbers, split out the way they are, give the impression that more people are made to feel safe.
That is made crystal clear when you look at the fact that 52 percent of the respondents to this Fox Survey disapprove of the order altogether. Fifty-three percent feel his indefinite (read, forever) ban on individuals from Syria.
As for Trump’s big push to build the wall? Only 12 percent see that as extremely important. Whoop-de-do.
It seems that it is easy to see why Trump loves to hate surveys, they just refuse to say what he wants to hear, unlike his yes-man stacked cabinet. Pretty sad when not even Fox can deliver a picture of that “mandate” they keep claiming.
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