|The Mixed Bag that is President Trump
We are in an era where polling results are often used to make news, and to influence views. A case in point are the polls about support for President Trump in an era when the news about him is constantly negative.
Donald Trump is clearly the most unusual and unorthodox president of my lifetime, if not in all of US History. He routinely says things, and does things, that probably give election and political advisors severe heartburn. Whether his rhetoric and demeanor still connect with a majority of voters remains to be seen. (His large rallies seem to indicate that there is a significant base of voters who do support this.)
Gallup has an interesting poll this month that reveals something the mainstream media will likely not ever tell its readers or viewers. Donald Trump is not as popular as President Trump. When pollsters ask if Donald Trump is popular, they get one result, and it isn’t very good. Yet, if they dig further and ask if his presidential policies are supported, there is a very different polling outcome.
Americans are significantly more likely to approve of President Trump’s policies than they are of Donald Trump himself. The point spread ranges from +6 to + 11 for his policies and agenda over Trump the individual.
For example, according to Gallup, 76% of Republicans support Donald Trump the man. However, 87% approve of Donald Trump’s job performance. People who attend church weekly have a similarly large gap – 44% approve of Trump the person, whereas 54% approve of the job Trump is doing as President. There is only one inversion in the poll. Democrats support for Trump the person is 6% . . . their approval of him as President is 5%. According to Gallup, (other polls have higher numbers) overall, 40% of Americans support the job Trump is doing, with only 34% approving of him personally.
Do Conservatives Have Happier Families?
More than half of all those who identify as “conservative” have happy family lives, compared to just 4 in 10 who identify as “liberal” or “moderate” according to the American Family Study conducted by YouGov. At the same time, conservatives are more concerned about the condition of the family in America overall than are their moderate or liberal counterparts.
More than 4 in 10 conservatives report that marriages in America are weaker now than they were just two years ago. In contrast, a much smaller share of liberals (23%) say this is the case.
A vast majority (80%) of American conservatives believe that marriage is needed to create strong families, while only 1 in 3 liberals and half of moderates agree. Not surprisingly, conservatives (62%) are much more likely than liberals (39%) or moderates (46%) to be married.
Conservatives’ higher family satisfaction can be partly attributed to the fact that they are more likely than others to be married. (Married people are generally more satisfied with their family life.) Other factors, such as religion, also play a role. The study found that in a model that includes religious service attendance, family income, marital status, age, education, and race/ethnicity, being a conservative (vs. a non-conservative) increases the odds of being “completely satisfied with family life” by 23%.
Random Statistic on the Marriage Penalty
A report from American Enterprise Institute found in 2016 that more than four in ten American families receive some kind of means tested financial assistance from the Government such as Medicaid or food stamps.
One third of Americans aged 18 to 60 reported that they personally knew of someone who had not married for fear of losing a government welfare benefit.
Indiana’s Attorney General and His Accusers
This week, Attorney General Curtis Hill and his accusers are testifying before the Indiana Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission regarding allegations that the AG inappropriately touched a Democrat legislator, and three legislative staff members, at a legislative party in March of 2018.
This is the first time that Hill’s accusers have been cross examined by Hill’s legal defense team.
News reports detailing the accusations of those testifying seem to break down to questions of whether certain actions occurred, and if so, were they actually sexual touches or misinterpreted contact in a crowded bar.
Hill’s team is expected to call witnesses, perhaps, today. One would assume Hill will himself also testify on what he did or did not do.
At the end of the hearing, former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby will hand down a finding that may or may not include sanctions. The highest sanction would be the disbarment of the AG, which would remove him from office and ruin his future legal career. Previous reviews have not been conclusive or found the AG guilty of sexual misconduct.
In Their Own Words:
“This is not decay; it is organized destruction. Secularists, and their allies among the ‘progressives’, have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.” – US Attorney General William Barr, speaking at Notre Dame University, October 11, 2019
Just the Facts:
Here is AFA-IN Fact Sheet from some years ago titled: “Let’s Just Live Together: Does Cohabitation Insulate Couples from Divorce?”