Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think

President Trump often celebrates extraordinary high approval ratings from Republicans.  Just this week, Trump wrote, “96% approval rating in the Republican Party.  Thank you!”  Political analysts attribute the high approval to Trump’s laser-like focus on the Republican base.  Over the past 3 and half years, Trump advanced business friendly deregulation policies, significant tax-cuts, appointment ofContinue reading “Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think”

Obama and Trump. Different but Similar – Part 2

As demonstrated in the last post, the grip of partisan politics seemed to take hold of the Obama administration near the completion of his first year.  Obama’s monthly approval ratings crept down toward 50%, and by years end dropped below majority support.  That trend continued, and in the subsequent months Obama established several records forContinue reading “Obama and Trump. Different but Similar – Part 2”

Obama and Trump. Different but Similar – Part 1

Barack Obama, a youthful 47-year-old former constitutional law professor and community organizer, campaigned on hope and change, and in 2008 became the first African American elected president.  His speeches were persuasive, eloquent and at times inspiring.  Obama charmed audiences, large and small, and his demeanor projected poise and stability.   His inauguration, held in the depthsContinue reading “Obama and Trump. Different but Similar – Part 1”

Trump Celebrates 49% Public Approval

In the final Gallup poll of March, President Trump’s public approval tied his previous high of 49% and improved 5-points from another Gallup survey fielded two weeks before.  Trump quickly highlighted the achievement.  He also touted a 60% public approval of his handling of the pandemic.  And on twitter, Trump bragged about the lofty televisionContinue reading “Trump Celebrates 49% Public Approval”

Will Americans Rally?

A mid-January 2020 Gallup poll showed President Trump’s approval rating at a personal best of 49 percent.  Record high Republican (94%) and Independent (42%) support made it possible.  By contrast, Democrat approval was a mere 7%. Obviously, the massive 87-point gap between Republican and Democratic approval received attention.  In fact, the gap surpassed the previousContinue reading “Will Americans Rally?”