Almost 1,500 Republicans sat maskless and cheek-by-jowl at the grand finale of Donald Trump RNC performance, ending with his acceptance speech. No social distancing. As the fireworks went off, he knew that nearly as many people died from the coronavirus that day as were in attendance. POTUS was not pleased. Yet, his concern was not with the dead, dying, sick, and witnesses. No, he must have hated with the polling results after he staged his four-day convention-esque event.
Trump broke yet another tradition as he even used the White House as a backdrop. He wanted to steal the power of that great White House of the people, which has profound meaning for most voters. That meant all the federal employees involved committed crimes against the Hatch Act as they followed their commander-in-chief’s orders. The act refuses candidates to use public entities for their own campaigns or personal benefit.
First off, Trump came in a full point below his opponent Joe Biden (D) in the television ratings. Not only that, most presidents get a bump in the polls after they accept the nomination. Once again, the man who occasionally sits in the Oval Office came out on the wrong end of the happy stick, according to the ABC/IPSOS News Poll.
Clearly, the Donald did not care about the 183,670 dead Americans, fatalities in the coronavirus pandemic, lining up in the traffic jams at the cemeteries scattered across the nation. His underlying message was: Be afraid. Be very afraid. That might look like “BABA” (short for “Baby”) emblazoned across his red hats.
Conversely, the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris team was all about directly facing and handling the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, the schools, and then looking toward a hopeful future. Another way to look at the GOP-Democratic differences was Trump went negative and Biden went positive.
Right now, fewer than one-third (31 percent) of the nation views this president positively. That is bad in the polling world. Worse, he has remained around that number for two weeks. Immediately following the Democratic National Convention, POTUS held only 32 percent of the nation favorably.
Biden’s favorability hung in there between 45 percent after the DNC, up from the previous week’s 40 percent.
Trump prefered to pretend that the coronavirus pandemic “just disappeared.” His guests risked their lives to give credence to 45’s illusion.
Instead, 63 percent of Americans disapproved of the president’s approach. It has been a stunning approach, attempting a mass hallucination. That was the only reason that the commander-in-chief ordered schools to open, to create an illusion of normalcy. What a strange approach.
Then, there was the Black Lives Matter and others’ concern over police violence against the Black community. How horrible that a Minnesota police officer shot a Black man in the back seven times — in front of three of his young children. A full 62 percent of Americans see Jacob Blake’s paralyzing attack as part of a systemic problem. After George Floyd was killed by police, that number was 74 percent.
The recent numbers show only 27 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of whites think so now. That was a decline ‘from 28 percent and 18 percent respectively.”
The ABC News/Ipsos Poll. included “online” questions, which gave it a more in-depth reach.
There was 62 percent of interviewed Americans who believed that the Republicans spent too much time criticizing their opponents. Only 51 percent believed that about Democrats.
Ipsos Public Affairs’ KnowledgePanel® conducted this, according to the ABC/IPSOS Poll on August 28 and 29, 2020. The poll was conducted in both “English and Spanish in a national sample of 732” people of voting age. The margin of error was 3.9 +/- percent, which is relatively high.
The following information contains the poll’s’ “Topline & Methodology:”
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