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Poll: Trump’s approval rating climbs as violence in urban areas continues

Despite being holed up in his basement all summer, or perhaps because of that, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden surged to a big lead over President Donald Trump. At one point the pollsters had Biden ahead by double digits, and even some Republicans outside the Lincoln Project were predicting a rout.

But the unwillingness of Democratic leaders to control, or even condemn, the persistent lawlessness in the streets of big cities is creeping into the equation. Even the Don Lemon of CNN has noticed. “I think this is a blind spot for Democrats,” he said this week. “The rioting has to stop. … It’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing — it is the only thing right now that is sticking.”

Setting aside Lemon’s immoral rationale — that rioting is bad because it’s hurting Democrats politically, and not because violence is wrong — he is right. 

Pollster John Zogby shows why.

Zogby Analytics released a survey on Wednesday that showed President Trump’s approval rating has reached its apex. 

According to Zogby, 52 percent of Americans approve of how Trump does his job, compared to 47 percent who disapprove.

Zogby attributed the boost to a few different demographics. One was young people. Half of Americans ages 18 to 29 now “at least somewhat” approve of Trump’s performance, as Zogby phrased it. Trump, to a degree, also received the backing of 44 percent of independents and even 23 percent of Democrats.

Oddly, Trump was losing ground among white voters without college degrees but won approval from 58 percent of college-educated voters. 

His approval rating among Black voters increased to 36 percent, or nine percentage points above his previous personal best within the Black community. 

Similarly, slightly more than a third of both Hispanics and Asian-Americans approve of Trump’s performance.

Yet one of the most surprising groups to get behind the president is big-city voters. Zogby reports that 59 percent of urban voters in major cities “at least somewhat” support Trump.

The reason is clear to anyone who’s been paying attention.

“Trump has had little domestic and international accomplishments to brag about. It seems as though he has taken a back seat recently, a la Joe Biden. He has had definite distractions, mainly a pandemic and struggling economy to contend with, both which have prevented him from promoting his second-term agenda,” Zogby noted. 

Yet one “factor continuing to help the president’s high approval rating is a rise in crime in our nation’s biggest cities. Unlike a year ago, the president is performing well with voters in large cities. It’s highly likely he is benefiting from the uptick in violence. His law and order message is resonating with urban voters at the moment.”

Thus, Trump’s “silent majority” may finally be finding its voice as the din of the unrest in the streets — evidenced by angry chants, fire truck sirens and the crackle of gunfire — fails to abate.

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  1. JohnR August 27, 2020

    That’s why Trump gets my vote

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