PDT 50% approval!

And from Powerline: Trump is now more popular than Obama.

Media hostility to President Trump has been unremitting since he secured the Republican nomination. It didn’t stop, or even slow down, with his inauguration. The many achievements of his young administration haven’t given the press pause, either: his coverage continues to be just about 100% negative.

What, then, to make of the fact that Rasmussen Reports, which conducts the only daily presidential approval poll of likely voters, finds Trump at 50% approval and 49% disapproval? Those are better numbers than Barack Obama had in the same survey at the same point in his administration, and the press boosted Obama almost as relentlessly as it denigrates Trump.

At a minimum, it means that a great many Americans have figured out that the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, NBC, CNN, etc. are partisan outlets and not to be trusted. This, of course, is a process that has been going on for a long time. Indeed, it largely brought into being the “blogosphere” of a decade and more ago. But it seems to me that we are seeing something like its culmination. The liberal media have so thoroughly squandered their standing with the public that their capacity to do ill is limited.

That doesn’t mean that the press does no damage at all. As I have often said, we can’t even imagine what a world without a liberal press, academia and entertainment industry would look like. In a neutral world, among many more profound consequences, President Obama could never have won a second term, President Trump would be riding high, and no one would be worried about the midterm elections. Still, the fact that most Americans seem to be tuning out the press can only be a good thing.

It must have been the Stormy Daniels story that’s made the difference.

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59 Responses to PDT 50% approval!

  1. Shy Ted

    It’s 100% approval in my house. Unless he didn’t boink Stormy which would knock 10 points off.

  2. RobK

    Little in-roads on a precarious path.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ll remind everyone that the 50% approval is a misdirection. It’s made up of about 80% approval by right leaning voters and nearly zero approval from lefties. That was the message of a Pew poll in December.

    Therefore what the Rassmussen 50% implies is that more people are becoming righties, or at least Trump deplorables. The partisan divide is just as stark, as is apparent from the unremitting screeching from the lefty MSM, but there are now more Trump voters than there were before, because Trump’s policies are working.

    The important message is for the Republican elites: the voters want what Trump is delivering. Like the Wall, support for industry, jobs. They see what the GOP insider elites are doing to undermine his agenda and they don’t like it. Which means the mid terms are theirs to lose, not the Dems to win.

  4. Entropy

    As I have often said, we can’t even imagine what a world without a liberal press, academia and entertainment industry would look like. In a neutral world, among many more profound consequences, President Obama could never have won a second term, President Trump would be riding high, and no one would be worried about the midterm elections.

    In such a world Trump would not have had a chance, or desire, to run for President.

  5. Tel

    There’s a certain percentage of people who will never vote Trump, no matter what and are impervious to any outside information. Changing these people is impossible but the mid-terms voter turnout is traditionally low, the outcome is determined by whether the base voters can be bothered getting out to vote. These “approval” polls are useless because IMHO the Democrat base are really disappointed with Hillary, distrustful of Sanders, and generally fed up with their own party. I expect Democrat turnout this year to be pathetically low.

  6. will

    Shy Ted
    #2677176, posted on April 3, 2018 at 5:00 am
    It’s 100% approval in my house. Unless he didn’t boink Stormy which would knock 10 points off.

    I have serious misgivings about any real man’s judgement and capacity to be President if they had sex with Stormy when they have a Melania at home.

  7. struth

    meanwhile, back in hivizistan………………………………

  8. Tom

    From John Hinderaker’s take on Rasmussen’s findings:

    Those are better numbers than Barack Obama had in the same survey at the same point in his administration, and the press boosted Obama almost as relentlessly as it denigrates Trump.

    At a minimum, it means that a great many Americans have figured out that the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, NBC, CNN, etc. are partisan outlets and not to be trusted. This, of course, is a process that has been going on for a long time. Indeed, it largely brought into being the “blogosphere” of a decade and more ago. But it seems to me that we are seeing something like its culmination. The liberal media have so thoroughly squandered their standing with the public that their capacity to do ill is limited.

    Why would any news consumer ever trust a journalist or a news organisation if he and they are prepared to trash their professional ethics to promote leftism above the public interest? The fact that these idiots are destroying their professional futures is the quintessential explanation for the insanity of leftism.

    Leftists — or at least the 21st century version of them — are the least suitable people it is possible to imagine taking up a career in journalism. In a profession that is supposed to defend the public interest, they are doing the exact opposite: denigrating it, undermining it, belittling it, white-anting it.

    As Hinderaker observes, people are not stupid: they have figured out that most journalists are their enemies.

  9. Ubique

    What makes President Trump so successful is that he refuses to make any concessions to the left. He just presses on with his own agenda, treating the left like the enemies of Western Civilization that they are.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    The aparat of both parties Hate Trump, he is outside the camp they have created for years and of course the left msm go where the money is . The people are waking up,they finally have an elected leader who does what They want not what he ,or the owners of his party want,finally a real democratic president ,democratic in the true sense of the word. His term of office , possibly eight years ,will create expectations amongst voters for more of the same ,a return to the good old days by the aparatchiks will not meet with approval ,as more and more voters realise they have been conned for years ,that full employment is normal ,that America IS grest . So if you want to join the future ,don’t join the decromats that’s the path to doom .

  11. Jo Smyth

    Imagine what his popularity would be if he even had 10% support from the media and if the media actually reported what his achievements were instead of concentrating on Stormy and fake Russia. The next big test is all the illegals marching through Mexico to the border.

  12. Dr Faustus

    The important message is for the Republican elites: the voters want what Trump is delivering. Like the Wall, support for industry, jobs. They see what the GOP insider elites are doing to undermine his agenda and they don’t like it. Which means the mid terms are theirs to lose, not the Dems to win.

    This is the probably most important takeaway from Rasmussen.

    The US Swamp is filled with creatures of all political persuasion. The low wattage GOP ones have stayed in the slime, betting that Trump drowns before he drains.

  13. Robber Baron

    The photo says it all…hard hats and overweight slobs…in other words, traditional Labor/Democrat voters. Trump owns them. Democrats will keep losing.

  14. Up The Workers!

    President Trump may have trumped Obola in the popularity stakes, but he will never be awarded with the Nobel Prize for Politically Correct Skin Pigmentation like Obola was just 5 minutes after his inauguration.

  15. H B Bear

    The next big test is all the illegals marching through Mexico to the border.

    You could not have scripted it better. Trump’s Tampa. Even better if the usual Democrat rent-a-crowd and Dreamers turn up to help undermine America’s borders and need tear gassing to provide some vision for the nightly news.

  16. Up The Workers!

    To Will at 8.53am;

    I agree with your comments.

    The sort of people though who are faux-outraged by allegations that Donald “Trumped” Stormy Daniels, are the same sort of demented Leftard SJW’s likely to prefer performing the same imagined acts of sexual gymnastics on Old Bernie Sanders – the U.S.A.-version of Jeremy Corbyn.

  17. Had an interesting chat with an American visitor yesterday.
    In the Presidential elections, he queued for two hours in a Washington D.C. centre. Normally a hive of chat amongst voters, it was a quiet, sombre two hours.
    His take – both candidates had so many negatives no-one wanted to talk about them.

  18. FelixKruell

    You don’t even hide your bias anymore, when you fail to note that some other polls (well pretty much all of them) come to a very different outcome.

    For example:

    http://news.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx

    Who knows which is more accurate. But let’s at least acknowledge other polls exist and don’t show Trump as having anything near 50% approval.

  19. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The left is toxic waste dump of losers, retards, genetic defects and morons.

  20. Malcolm Thomas

    The many achievements of his young administration …

    LOL.

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    The next big test is all the illegals marching through Mexico to the border.

    You could not have scripted it better. Trump’s Tampa.

    You’d normally think the Mexicans would just pick up and deport them, since the potential diplomatic damage of allowing them to get to the US border is very obvious. Especially with the NAFTA renegotiation rumblings.
    But Mexico is in the middle of an angsty election campaign.
    Which means every candidate is terrified of public backlash if the travellers are touched.

  22. mh

    Trump is the People’s President.

    Up yours, Soros!

  23. J.H.

    Polls, Schmolls….. I don’t believe them whether good nor bad. Though the anti Trumpers will be beside themselves with despair upon their reading of them…. I s’pose there’s that about it.

    The poor leftards. Trump lives in their heads feeding on their thoughts and dragging dread fingers through their startled minds. They can’t go a minute without thinking of him….. It must be a living hell. 🙂

  24. Tom

    The next big test is all the illegals marching through Mexico to the border.

    After 70 years of marching through the West’s institutions, communism’s strategy, as expressed by the 21st century left — DNC, Greenfilth, Liars, EU, UK Labour, Trumble, Merkel and the globalist media — is government without end for nation states that no longer exist (because of open borders).

    As expressed by opinion polls, an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want that strategy to succeed and there’s no better salesman for The Resistance (against communism) than POTUS45, whose political instincts are impeccable.

    The 2018 mid-terms are America’s most important election since WWII.

  25. overburdened

    I wish to offer Melania Trump 100% approval and the use of my body at any time she has a craving for a salivating mad man, other than President Trump.
    She is a fox
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/04/02/fashion-notes-at-easter-egg-roll-melania-trump-steals-the-show-with-bright-smile-burberry-coat/

  26. The 2018 mid-terms are America’s most important election since WWII.

    Nah. 1960, 1980 and 2000 were more important. Trump is going to lose bigly, that has been clear for a while now.

  27. Chester Draws

    On what basis would Mexico deport foreigners? People are allowed to visit Mexico. Countries generally are better open (I thought we were vaguely Libertarian here, or is that the Libertarianism that only applies to you, whereas others get restrictions?)

    They would have to set internal passport checks, which would be horrendously inconvenient for Mexicans and suspiciously like the old USSR’s system. If the US can’t stop entry, why would you imagine Mexico can prevent it?

    It the US’s problem. If they stopped giving jobs to illegals they would go home. That’s where the cure is, not some stupid wall.

    Trump saying that Mexico should solve the issue is diversion from the fact that his country can’t. Rather, won’t.

    Mexico could do a deal. The US stop buying drugs and they’ll curb immigration. But that would require the US citizens to start behaving.

  28. tgs

    Ubique
    #2677238, posted on April 3, 2018 at 9:26 am
    What makes President Trump so successful is that he refuses to make any concessions to the left. He just presses on with his own agenda, treating the left like the enemies of Western Civilization that they are

    You’re joking, right?

    The recent Omnibus bill was a complete and utter capitulation to the left’s agenda on literally every issue other than defense spending.

  29. m0nty
    #2677451, posted on April 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    The 2018 mid-terms are America’s most important election since WWII.

    Nah. 1960, 1980 and 2000 were more important. Trump is going to lose bigly, that has been clear for a while now.

    Trump isn’t up for re-election in 2018 Monty, but you knew that.
    Considering how anti-Trump this Congress has been, it doesn’t matter which wing of the Uniparty controls it. Trump will continue to govern with his PEN & PHONE (hah!)

    m0nty
    #2677307, posted on April 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Rasmussen LOL.

    Well may you laugh but Rasmussen was the most accurate of the major polls at the 2016 election.

    FelixKruell
    #2677298, posted on April 3, 2018 at 11:16 am

    You don’t even hide your bias anymore, when you fail to note that some other polls (well pretty much all of them) come to a very different outcome.

    For example:

    http://news.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx

    Who knows which is more accurate. But let’s at least acknowledge other polls exist and don’t show Trump as having anything near 50% approval.

    LOL Gallup performed so badly in the 2012 election that it didn’t even conduct any polls for the 2016 election.
    https://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/gallup-poll-2016-pollsters-214493

    Gallup is a broken system but they are trying to repair. Rasmussen was the most accurate major pollster in 2016.

  30. Chester Draws
    #2677496, posted on April 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    On what basis would Mexico deport foreigners? People are allowed to visit Mexico.

    You haven’t been keeping up with what’s been happening on that front. Here is a little bit of edification for you.

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could pull back on cooperation in migration and security matters if the United States walks away from talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Mexican economy minister said in a newspaper report published on Thursday.

    “If they do not treat [us] well commercially, they should not expect us to treat them well by containing the migration that comes from other regions of the world and crosses Mexico,” Guajardo said. “Or they should not expect to be treated well in collaboration with security issues in the region.”

    But that’s not all. Read this and check out the link.

    ♦ In a stunning segment on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN broadcast January 29th, 2017, Mexico’s former foreign minister, Jorge Castaneda, states the Mexican government was willing to counter U.S. President Donald Trump policy by unleashing drug cartels upon the U.S. border.

    Watch, and more importantly LISTEN, to his words at 02:10 below (Prompted):

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/04/02/two-examples-of-mexican-government-officials-blackmailing-u-s-by-threatening-flood-of-south-american-immigrants/#more-147638

    So you see Mexico could and should have stopped these 1500 illegals from tramping through their territory. The Mexicans abandoned (literally) their posts at the border check-point and let these people stream through.
    These people aren’t “visiting Mexico” nor do they need to be tracked and found by the authorities. They are marching in a broad line aided and abetted by a ‘No Borders’ crowd called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, meaning People Without Borders.

    Countries generally are better open (I thought we were vaguely Libertarian here, or is that the Libertarianism that only applies to you, whereas others get restrictions?)

    Until you personally remove all locks from your house doors and windows and let any unknown corksucker to wander in and out of your home, you can shove your libertarian virtue signalling up your arse.
    Australia is my home, I don’t want any unknown prick tramping in just because they want to. They come only if invited…..PERIOD.

  31. FelixKruell

    Baa Humbug:

    Rasmussen was the most accurate major pollster in 2016.

    And Nate Silver was the most accurate pollster in 2008. Not so much in 2016. There’s more art than science to these things.

    You can see a poll of the polls analysis here:

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

    Rasmussen is clearly the outlier. That should have been mentioned. Along with historical performance etc.

  32. egg_

    Mexico could do a deal.

    Looks like Mexico is upping the ante.

  33. billie

    Trump has even made The First Lady Great Again, what a guy!

  34. md

    Much as you want to hate leftists, you have to feel sorry for them.
    Trump supporter attacked by 2 women at DC restaurant, police say.
    California homeowner says she won’t sell to Trump supporters: report
    One of the great failings of our education system is that we don’t teach people to accept their lot in life and learn to live with it and move on, and not try to take it out on society by becoming a leftist. But with the Left controlling education that is never going to happen.

  35. Bruce of Newcastle

    So you see Mexico could and should have stopped these 1500 illegals from tramping through their territory.

    The Mexicans are starting to get the idea.

    Mexican Immigration Authorities Say They Plan on Disbanding Caravan of Illegal Aliens by Wednesday After Trump Hammers Mexico on Twitter

    We’ll see whether this is just window dressing or if they will actually do something real. Especially if the Mexican press goes hyper in view of the election campaign. Which they just might.

    Meanwhile…

    More Bangladesh Nationals Arrive at Texas Border

    Border Patrol agents arrested eight Bangladesh nationals in the Laredo Sector during a two-day period last week. During the month of March, Laredo Sector agents arrested at least 24 after they illegally crossed from Mexico. The Laredo Sector leads the nation in arrests of Bangladeshis who enter the U.S. illegally in South Texas.

    So muzzo country shoppers are travelling all the way from Bangladesh to Mexico then over the border into Texas. I think that makes the case for a Wall rather well.

    Guess what’ll happen here if Shorten and Plibs gives them even a sniff.

  36. Paul

    It’s simples.
    Those workers who were duped by OBummer, now know Trump is for them.
    They can see and ignore the lies of those idiots in the trump hating media.

  37. Paul

    ou’re joking, right?

    The recent Omnibus bill was a complete and utter capitulation to the left’s agenda on literally every issue other than defense spending.

    Trump knows that omnibus bill is only good for 6 months.
    Trump still won because he has unlimited military spending.
    Who is going to build the wall?
    The military.
    Who is going to protect the borders from a new socialist Chavez style Mexican govt?
    The military.

  38. Tel

    The recent Omnibus bill was a complete and utter capitulation to the left’s agenda on literally every issue other than defense spending.

    Trump gets to appoint head of departments and there’s no actual REQUIREMENT that he spends the money, just because it is budgeted. For example, the Department of Education got a lot of extra money, but maybe they are in the process of scaling back programs and don’t need to spend that… not a whole lot that Congress can do once the money is in executive hands. Well hey, Obama’s mob played the angles so why not?

    We will see I suppose whether it is possible to resist that temptation to spend everything in your budget.

  39. Crossie

    As Hinderaker observes, people are not stupid: they have figured out that most journalists are their enemies.

    For people who should be far sighted and open minded about how they view the world and represent it back to the world journalists have failed and continue to fail in their mission. They cannot even see their own approaching demise in so many layoffs even in the most prestigious media companies.

    The current occupants of journalistic positions are not suited to their profession, they completely lack any insight and thus to be able to discern reality. The only thing I am not sure of is whether it had been educated out of them or it is due to an innate blindness.

  40. Considering how anti-Trump this Congress has been, it doesn’t matter which wing of the Uniparty controls it. Trump will continue to govern with his PEN & PHONE (hah!)

    Trump has vetoed zero bills put to him by this Congress. Zero. He uses his pen to sign their bills, and he uses his phone to whinge about it.

    It looks very much like the GOP will lose the House in November, and though the Senate is still a long shot for Democratic control the numbers would be so thin that there will be a fair few McCain-style defections on crucial bills. He would enjoy their bills Congress puts in front of him even less. Would he sign them? Not all of them, but otherwise he’ll be left with EOs like Obama in his last six years, and they only go so far.

    Of course, in that scenario he’d probably start a war.

  41. BorisG

    These “approval” polls are useless because IMHO the Democrat base are really disappointed with Hillary, distrustful of Sanders, and generally fed up with their own party. I expect Democrat turnout this year to be pathetically low.

    Yeh that’s why they recently lost special elections in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania… Oh, wait.

    The above analysis is actually correct but ignores one factor that can bring Democrats to vote: Trump.

  42. BorisG

    Considering how anti-Trump this Congress has been, it doesn’t matter which wing of the Uniparty controls it.

    If Trump does not like current Congress, he hasn’t have to deal with one dominated by Democrats.

    Trump will continue to govern with his PEN & PHONE (hah!)

    what he does with the pen will be undone by next POTUS. If he can’t work with Congress he will achieve nothing.

    Of course in reality he does work with Congress. Corporate tax cuts were passed by Congress. It won’t be like this with Dem majority.

  43. BorisG

    The current occupants of journalistic positions are not suited to their profession

    they probably would have similar view of yourself.

  44. NB

    Will at #2677220, posted on April 3, 2018 at 8:53 am says:
    ‘I have serious misgivings about any real man’s judgement and capacity to be President if they had sex with Stormy when they have a Melania at home.’
    So true. I guess we will have to give him a pass on that one, but yes, deserves consideration.

  45. twostix

    Trump is bringing peace to Korea and ended the war in Syria.

    Obama and Clinton created ISIS and started wars in Libya, Ukraine, Syria and Yemen.

    Middle brow m0nty weighs in: “durrr drumph will probably start a war, like busHitler!”.

  46. twostix

    Trump doesn’t care if the rubber stamp congress is republican or democrat he can abuse both.

    If its democrat he’ll go on an monopoly busting crusade, encourage unionisation in modern bugman industries and reform H1B visas. Lets see how dedicated the 2018 urban bugman class are to the 20th century ideals of the democrats which the still pretend to care about.

    Amazon first.
    Google second.
    Their imported slave class of Indian frauds with fake IT certifications third.
    Uh-oh.

  47. rickw

    Of course, in that scenario he’d probably start a war.

    Munty has nothing left.

  48. Tel

    Yeh that’s why they recently lost special elections in Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania… Oh, wait.

    Boris facts as usual.

    There were 7 special elections for the 115th United States Congress in 2017. The Republicans won 5 of them (Kansas, Montana, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah), and the Democrats won 2 of them (California and Alabama). Only one of those was a surprise (zero chance of Republicans winning California these days) and that’s where Roy Moore was attacked with implausible sex accusations from 40 years ago (which strangely all went away after the election). The Democrats spent 10x as much money in Alabama… they won’t get away with that every time. Roy Moore got no support from his party, no support from Trump and he lost. One would have to presume the Republicans wanted to lose that one.

    There has been 1 special election for the 115th United States Congress so far in 2018 which was very close and also an upset towards the Democrats in Pennsylvania but that probably was swung by Drew Miller the Libertarian candidate. Those electoral boundaries were redrawn after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided there was a gerrymander, so the fact that it was close showed they put the boundary with roughly equal numbers of voters on either side… proves nothing about Trump whatsoever.

  49. Those electoral boundaries were redrawn after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided there was a gerrymander, so the fact that it was close showed they put the boundary with roughly equal numbers of voters on either side… proves nothing about Trump whatsoever.

    No. Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is rated as R+11, meaning that the usual result is 61 Republicans, 39 Democrats.

    Ratings for the other districts are as follows:
    California 34th: D+35 (Democrat won 60-40)
    Georgia 6th: R+8 (Republican won 51.8-48.2)
    Kansas 4th: R+15 (Republican won 52.2-46)
    Montana’s at-large: R+11 (Republican won 49.7-44.1 with Libertarian 5.7)
    SC 5th: R+9 (Republican won 51-47.9)
    Utah 3rd: R+25 (Republican won 58-25.6 with independent 9.3)

    There is a wave coming, if the six-point swing in a number of those seats is extrapolated out to the rest of the House races. And now the stock market is tanking.

  50. Tel

    No. Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district is rated as R+11, meaning that the usual result is 61 Republicans, 39 Democrats.

    Yes, the boundary really, really was redrawn in February this year, right before the election. Anything about “usual result” is garbage.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pennsylvania-supreme-court-orders-states-congressional-map-redrawn/story?id=52532391

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday ordered that the state’s congressional map be redrawn in a move that could have major implications for the Democratic Party’s ability to re-take the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

    In the order from the court, which ruled 4-3, the judges found that the “Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” and mandated a new plan be submitted to the governor no later than Feb. 9.

    According to the order, congressional districts in the state must be “composed of compact and contiguous territory; as nearly equal in population as practicable; and which do not divide any county, city, incorporated town, borough, township, or ward, except where necessary to ensure equality of population.”

    Care to explain how there can be a “usual result” when the boundary has only been in place for one month?

  51. twostix

    Congress always belongs to the non presidential party after the first post presidential election. That is axiomatic at this point in history.

    Sperging out about it and running numbers like it’s some sort of “race” is as retarded as saying trump was going to be impeached for treason and being a russian spy.

  52. Fisky

    Countries generally are better open (I thought we were vaguely Libertarian here, or is that the Libertarianism that only applies to you, whereas others get restrictions?)

    Oh no! Not another Merkelian libertarian are we Chester?

  53. mh

    Democratic Party could be ‘too liberal’ for voters, poll finds

    It’s just one poll, but it illustrates a dynamic which will become more intense as election day approaches, and Democratic strategists seek an effective public message. Is the Democratic Party just too liberal for the average voter? An Economist/YouGov poll finds that almost half of registered U.S. voters — 48 percent — say the party is “too liberal.” Even 13 percent of liberals agree. Few felt the party was not liberal enough….

    Read that as Trump winning.

  54. New Chum

    Steve the most of the media seems to have missed this.Nikki Haley Announces Dramatic Cut in US Aid to the UN “US Will not Pay More”.
    https://www.freespeechtime.net/2018/03/nikki-haley-announces-dramatic-cut-in.html

  55. Care to explain how there can be a “usual result” when the boundary has only been in place for one month?

    They have reams of historical data at the booth level. Booths get redistributed, easy enough to recalculate.

  56. OneWorldGovernment

    m0nty
    #2678719, posted on April 5, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Care to explain how there can be a “usual result” when the boundary has only been in place for one month?

    They have reams of historical data at the booth level. Booths get redistributed, easy enough to recalculate

    Then recalculate and tell us.

  57. tgs

    Who is going to build the wall?
    The military.

    There’s been a lot of speculation on this point but no sign that it will actually happen.

    Trump gets to appoint head of departments and there’s no actual REQUIREMENT that he spends the money, just because it is budgeted. For example, the Department of Education got a lot of extra money, but maybe they are in the process of scaling back programs and don’t need to spend that… not a whole lot that Congress can do once the money is in executive hands. Well hey, Obama’s mob played the angles so why not?

    We will see I suppose whether it is possible to resist that temptation to spend everything in your budget.

    I don’t share your optimism but will be happy to be proven wrong.

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