A new AP/NORC poll finds 2/3rds of Americans disapprove of the God-King and 3/4ths think we’re on the wrong track. (More)

“The broader picture for the president is grim, too”

If reading the day’s news feels like diving into a dumpster, you’re not alone. In fact, most Americans agree with you, according to a new AP/NORC poll:

Just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President Donald Trump that included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists. That’s a 10-point drop since June, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The decline in optimism about the nation’s trajectory is particularly pronounced among Republicans. In June, 60 percent of Republicans said the country was headed in the right direction; now it’s just 44 percent.

The broader picture for the president is grim, too. Nearly 70 percent of Americans say Trump isn’t level-headed, and majorities say he’s not honest or a strong leader. More than 60 percent disapprove of how he is handling race relations, foreign policy and immigration, among other issues.

Overall, 67 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing in office, including about one-third of Republicans.

You can read the full poll results here. Among the highlowlights:

  • 50% of Americans “Strongly Disapprove” of the God-King’s job performance.
  • 51% “Strongly Disapprove” of Congress’ job performance.
  • 64% of Americans think the God-King doesn’t understand their needs and problems.
  • 58% don’t think he’s honest.
  • 69% don’t think he’s level-headed.
  • 55% don’t think he’s a strong leader.

“Trump will continue to embrace conflict”

Yet at the Washington Post, Democratic strategist Doug Sosnick says the God-King is on track to win reelection:

More than half of Americans don’t think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, yet he has a clear path to winning reelection. If Trump isn’t removed from office and doesn’t lead the country into some form of global catastrophe, he could secure a second term simply by maintaining his current level of support with his political base.

Sosnick says the central issue in 2020 will be the same as in 2016 … what he calls “populism”:

In 2016, Trump capitalized on this changing political environment. He consolidated the growing number of angry voters who felt let down by the people and institutions that control power in the country. Trump’s support from these voters is personal, not ideological. That explains their willingness to stick with him despite his failures of leadership.

Since Trump’s inaugural address, his focus has been on maintaining his support among this loyal base rather than expanding it. As counterintuitive as it may seem, this could be a winning political strategy.

You won’t find any mention of white male supremacy – racism and sexism – in Sosnick’s analysis. But polls of his supporters and the actions of his administration show that white male supremacy is the sum and substance of the God-King’s “populism.” Instead, Sosnick dances around those issues:

In order to maintain and nurture his base, Trump will continue to embrace conflict, which will probably solidify his historically low approval ratings. Trump cannot win a two-person race this way. But he can prevail in a field with strong independent candidates on the ballot.

“Embrace conflict” with whom? Well, immigrants and people of color and women and LGBTs and….

Yeah … “populism” … like telling 6th graders to create a “COLORFUL” mascot for the Nazi Party.

Wrong track, indeed. Off to the hot tub faculty lounge squirrel bath. I need to wash up.

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Good day and good nuts