New polls: Has Donald Trump bubble burst?

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump boycotts Fox News over ‘unfair’ presidential campaign coverage.

A CNN/ORC survey released Sunday showed Mr. From Sept. 17-21 Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,574 voters nationwide, including 737 Republicans and 587 Democrats with a margin of error of 4 percentage points.Republican primary voters keep telling reporters that they feel attracted to Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy because he “tells it like it is.” A new Fox News poll confirms this dynamic: Sixty-two percent of Republicans say “he tells it like it is, and we need that now.” Fifty percent of independents agree.

Most Americans believe that the United States is not as great as it once was, which puts them in agreement with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at an event sponsored by the Greater Charleston Business Alliance and the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Mic Smith | AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he’s done appearing on Fox News shows for the “foreseeable future” because he doesn’t like the network’s coverage of his presidential campaign.

Voters were asked, in a series of 85 questions: “If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Carly Fiorina the Republican, for whom would you vote?” In this head-to-head match-up, Clinton received 43 percent of the vote to Fiorina’s 44 percent. Seventy-two percent of Americans had that assessment of the country in a new survey by Bloomberg Politics — a view of the nation that is central to the Trump campaign. The billionaire businessman and leading Republican candidate tweets that Fox News has been treating him “very unfairly” and that he’s going to stop appearing on its shows.

That’s still good for first in the GOP field, but Carly Fiorina has rocketed into second place in the CNN numbers, rising to 15 percent from 3 percent prior to the second Republican debate. But a Fox News spokeswoman says that Trump only announced his boycott after the channel canceled a scheduled Trump appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” Thursday. “When coverage doesn’t go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors and hosts, which has grown stale and tiresome,” she said in a statement. “He doesn’t seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how the media works in this country.” Amongst the Republicans the desire for an outsider is even more pronounced, with 51% saying they want a candidate who hasn’t worked in government, but still has proven leadership skills. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, also saw an uptick, coming in third place with 13 percent. “At some level, it is a risk to elect a person with no experience in government,” said J. One possibility: GOP voters unsettled by cultural and demographic change — and by Obama’s ongoing transformation of the USA into something no longer recognizably American — hear him speaking to their anxieties.

The results help explain why Trump continues to lead the large Republican field, with 21% of registered Republicans naming him their first choice for president in the Bloomberg poll. Ann Selzer, who conducted the survey. “Republicans, especially, seem ready to take that risk.” On the Democratic side, the dynamics remain less volatile, with Hillary Rodham Clinton garnering support of 33 percent of Democrats, trailed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 24 percent and Vice President Joseph R. Former Hewlett-Packard HPQ -0.71% CEO Carly Fiorina, yet another outsider, came in fourth with an 11% share, with Jeb Bush edging her out slightly with 13%. However, according to the poll, 29 percent of Republican voters said they “would definitely not support” Trump in the general election, and 16 percent say they would not support Bush.

But even if most lawmakers were controlled by contributors, the idea that Trump could somehow move our system through sheer force of outsider un-bought will is nonsense. It’s the Trump candidacy’s Big Lie: never mind the policy details, never mind the separation of powers, never mind the profound disagreements between the parties. The poll asks why respondents think their party leaders failed at this: they didn’t really want to stop Obama; they weren’t smart enough; they would rather fight each other. He was oddly subdued on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show.” “Trump is now at war with just about anybody in sight – Fox News, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and now Marco Rubio, his critique of whom includes his youth and his propensity to perspire,” writes ABC News’s Rick Klein Thursday morning. “It suggests a potential inflection point in a GOP race Trump has owned virtually from the moment he got on that escalator.” Hmm. But Clinton’s numbers among Americans overall are upside down on favorability (41-55); on honesty and trustworthiness (32-63); and on caring about people like you (43-53).

Yet they say by 55-43 that Clinton has strong leadership qualities. * HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE POPE’S SPEECH: With Pope Francis set to address Congress today, E.J. Dionne looks at past and recent papal utterances and offers a guide on how to decipher his careful political messages on everything from gay rights to climate change.

Politico raises the curtain on the Pope’s speech to Congress by noting that in his White House speech yesterday, he made a “surprisingly specific” reference to Obama’s plan to curb carbon emissions: “his liberal side was clearly on display.” * GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD BE COSTLY: Lisa Rein reminds us that government shutdowns (in this case, conservatives want to use the government funding fight to defund Planned Parenthood) can actually cost more than keeping it open: The last time this happened, for 16 days in October 2013, the White House put a price on it: 6.6 million days of lost work, $2 billion in back pay for 850,000 federal employees who did no work and 120,000 private-sector jobs gone. Sure, but it’s a great opportunity for conservatives to grandstand before the base, so in this case, the wasteful spending they regularly lament is more than worth it. * TED CRUZ KEEPS UP HIS SHUTDOWN GRANDSTANDING: Right on cue, the Hill reports on Ted Cruz’ loud, angry, and thoroughly phony attacks on the GOP leadership for “surrendering” to Obama because they are likely to keep the government open. Note this: Cruz’s power on Capitol Hill rests largely with House conservatives, as it did two years ago, because few Senate colleagues are willing to join him in challenging McConnell. If enough Republicans in the lower chamber side with Cruz, it could pressure Boehner not to schedule a vote on a clean Senate-passed stopgap out of fear that it may cost him his gavel.

Trump’s not doomed just because he won’t keep rising up in the polls to somewhere near 100 percent support, writes the Washington Monthly’s Ed Kilgore. We’ve been told this again and again and again. * RINO SELLOUT KARL ROVE WARNS AGAINST SHUTDOWN: Karl Rove takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to warn that a government shutdown is doomed to fail and will hurt the pro-life cause: Republicans in Congress who want to risk a shutdown over Planned Parenthood have an obligation to spell out how they would get it done.

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