Well, this is encouraging. A new poll indicates that Trump’s popularity is falling and his supporters are having second thoughts about their hero, as the government shutdown drags on. Washington Post:
Recent polling indicates that the government shutdown has caused skittishness among parts of Trump’s base, which has been one of the most enduring strengths of his presidency. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, conducted Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, found his net approval rating had dropped 7 points since December.
One of the biggest drops came from suburban men, whose approval rating of Trump fell a net change of 18 percentage points, while evangelicals and Republicans also dipped by smaller margins. Among men without a college degree, the downward change was 7 points.
“As a community it affects us because other people are being affected,” said Jasmin Cromwell, who runs Bodhi Seed Yoga & Wellness Studio, “whether we know them or not. Maybe I’m getting too yoga-like but we are all connected. It affects everyone. It affects us as a nation.”
Another man, a Navy reservist, in 2016 wanted to shake up the status quo. He didn’t mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president. Now? “What the [expletive] were we thinking?” https://t.co/s3ggjvesfm
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 21, 2019
We can only hope that these disillusioned voters will undo this mess in 2020 — assuming Trump lasts that long, or isn’t primaried by somebody from the saner ranks of the GOP, assuming that exists. This is a good sign, certainly.