Voters Turn Away From Third-Party Solution

Voters aren’t overly enthusiastic about either of the two major political parties, but they’re less confident than ever that a genuinely competitive third party would make a difference.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters share a favorable opinion of the Democratic Party, including 23% with a Very Favorable one. Forty-eight percent (48%) view the party unfavorably, with Very Unfavorables of 34%.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2019/voters_turn_away_from_third_party_solution?utm_campaign=RR12112019&utm_source=criticalimpact&utm_medium=email

Impeachment Remains Largely A Democrats-Only Issue

Impeachment isn’t shaping up as the most critical issue in next year’s elections, and voters still tend to think President Trump’s removal from office would hurt the economy. Democrats, of course, disagree.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 51% of all Likely U.S. Voters say impeachment is important to their vote in the 2020 elections, with 36% who say it’s Very Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

By comparison, 85% say health care is important to their vote next year, including 45% who say it’s Very Important.

Forty-one percent (41%) say they are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to impeach Trump, while nearly as many (38%) are less likely to vote for that incumbent. Only 18% say an impeachment vote will have no impact on how they vote.

A plurality (47%) of voters still believes the impeachment and removal of Trump from office would be bad for the economy. But 29% think it would be good for the economy instead. That compares to 50% and 23% respectively in April when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question. Nineteen percent (19%) say the president’s removal would have no economic impact.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/december_2019/impeachment_remains_largely_a_democrats_only_issue?utm_campaign=RR12102019DN&utm_source=criticalimpact-&utm_medium=email

Trump’s Monthly Approval Inches Up in November

When tracking President Trump’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results for Trump’s presidency can be seen in the graphics below.

Despite the past month’s highly publicized House impeachment hearings, the president earned a monthly job approval of 47% in November, up one point from October. In January of this year, Trump’s monthly job approval had fallen to 44%, its lowest level in a year. But it jumped five points to 49% in February following his well-received State of the Union speech, recapturing the high ground he held for most of 2018. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapproved of the president’s job performance last month, unchanged from October.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/trump_approval_index_dec04

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: TRUMP AT 52%

Thursday, December 05, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. (see trends).

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_dec05

 

Voters Question NATO’s Worth

NATO was created after World War II to protect a war-ravaged Europe from the communist Soviet Union, but 70 years later voters here question whether U.S. taxpayers should still pay the biggest bill and wonder what they’re getting for it.

The United States currently contributes nearly one-quarter of the North http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2019/voters_question_nato_s_worth?utm_campaign=RR12042019DN&utm_source=criticalimpact&utm_medium=emailAtlantic Treaty Organization’s $2.5 billion annual budget, and just 35% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America should continue to give more money to NATO than any other member country. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% disagree and say the United States should not give more money than any other member does. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2019/voters_question_nato_s_worth?utm_campaign=RR12042019DN&utm_source=criticalimpact&utm_medium=email

Congress Bans Short-Term Lending; the Poor Pay a High Price

Washington do-goodism almost always fails to help the people it is supposed to because politicians ignore the Law of Unintended Consequences. Nowhere is that more evident than when it comes to a congressional plan to put payday lenders and other short-term lending institutions, such as the burgeoning online lenders, out of business.

These are lenders that provide the service of last-minute or emergency loans — typically of between $100 and $600 — to mostly low-income Americans or those with poor credit scores. Liberal “consumer advocacy groups” and liberals in Congress demonize these companies as modern day Shylocks, the nefarious lender in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” who demands a pound of flesh if loans aren’t repaid on time. Continue reading “Congress Bans Short-Term Lending; the Poor Pay a High Price”

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