Percentage of Americans who call racism a ‘big problem’ in United States is highest in 20+ years

Someone will have to ask the White House press secretary whether this is part of Making America Great Again.

A new Pew Research Center poll shows 58 percent now say racism is currently a “big problem” in the United States. That’s the highest that number has been since at least 1995, when The Washington Post and others began asking this specific question. […]

Even Republicans are about as likely to see racism as a “big problem” (37 percent) as toward the end of the Obama administration (40 percent). The perception has spiked among Democrats, meanwhile.

Note, if it is not obvious, that the poll does not measure whether racism is or is not more of a “big problem” from one year to another. It just measures what percentage of Americans believe it to be.

But you’d have to be pretty damn mule-headed to watch the Klan, neo-Nazis, and their

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Fox News poll asks if Trump is ‘tearing the country apart’: 56 percent say yes

The newest Fox News poll will probably not get much play on Fox News itself.

Asked if President Trump is drawing Americans together or tearing the country apart, more than half — 56 percent — choose the latter option. That includes 59 percent of independents, 93 percent of Democrats and even 15 percent of Republicans.

Is the sitting president tearing the country apart is, no doubt, a question left over from the Fox Polls of last year—some idiot forgot to update the Obama-era list of push-poll questions and let that one slip by. But in its inclusion we see once again the steady erosion of Trump’s support, bit by bit, as he continues to screw up in even the most rote and ceremonial functions of the office. When it takes you multiple tries to denounce actual flag-waving Nazis, that’s going to leave a mark.

The president’s general approval rating, which

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Fox News poll asks if Trump is ‘tearing the country apart’: 56 percent say yes

The newest Fox News poll will probably not get much play on Fox News itself.

Asked if President Trump is drawing Americans together or tearing the country apart, more than half — 56 percent — choose the latter option. That includes 59 percent of independents, 93 percent of Democrats and even 15 percent of Republicans.

Is the sitting president tearing the country apart is, no doubt, a question left over from the Fox Polls of last year—some idiot forgot to update the Obama-era list of push-poll questions and let that one slip by. But in its inclusion we see once again the steady erosion of Trump’s support, bit by bit, as he continues to screw up in even the most rote and ceremonial functions of the office. When it takes you multiple tries to denounce actual flag-waving Nazis, that’s going to leave a mark.

The president’s general approval rating, which

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This is not another scary ‘Trump voters still like Trump’ story

There is, seemingly, an epidemic of “Trump voters still like Trump!” stories in recent months. But what about everybody else? Fortunately, Pew has come to our rescue with a pair of open-ended panel survey questions asked of a total of 4,971 adults, a slightly larger sample than your average chump-on-the-street news story.

Of those surveyed, just 36 percent approve of how Trump is doing, while 63 percent disapprove. Recall, of course, that in the November exit poll itself, 63 percent said Trump does not have the temperament to be president, 64 percent said he was not honest and trustworthy, and 61 percent said he was not qualified.

So what do those who disapprove have to say about the president? Above you can see their responses, as coded and categorized by Pew. Multiple responses were allowed, and you can see people had a lot to say. Notice that Trump’s tweets are not very high on

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Morning Digest: First post-primary poll finds Roy Moore with big lead over Luther Strange in Alabama

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AL-Sen: JMC Analytics takes a look at Alabama’s Sept. 26 GOP primary runoff and gives Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, a huge 51-32 lead over appointed Sen. Luther Strange. This is the first poll we’ve seen of the second round since last week’s primary, in which Moore led Strange 39-33. However, Cygnal dropped a mid-August poll of what was then a hypothetical Strange/Moore runoff that gave Moore a 45-34 advantage, while an in-house poll for the conservative blog RRH Elections found Moore with a small 34-32 edge around that same time. We’ll need to wait for more data to see if Strange really does

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Trump at 200 days: Just 38 percent approval and his base is shrinking

We’re 200 days into Donald Trump’s presidency—whether you can’t believe it’s been that long or can’t believe it hasn’t been longer—and CNN did a poll to mark the occasion. The news, as usual with anything involving public opinion, is bad for Trump. In line with other polls, the CNN poll finds just 38 percent approval for Trump, with nearly twice as many people strongly disapproving as strongly approving of the job he’s doing. And there’s plenty more bad news (for Trump) where that came from:

Among Republicans, strong approval has dropped from 73% in February to 59% now. Among whites who do not have college degrees, a core component of Trump’s base, just 35% strongly approve, down 12 points since February. At the same time, strong disapproval among Democrats has held steady around 80%. […]

The poll finds widespread doubts about the veracity of information coming from the

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Not levelheaded, not honest, abusing the office: Poll shows Americans have Trump’s number

Donald Trump just keeps setting personal records. Sure, they’re records for unpopularity, but he doesn’t need to know that, does he? A new Quinnipiac University poll has Trump at just 33 percent approval, with 61 percent disapproving of his job performance. 

Could it be just one bad pollster? Hmm …

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Quinnipiac is lower, but not by a lot. And Rasmussen puts Trump at 38 percent? Sheesh, ouch, and ha ha ha.

The bright spots Trump could sift out from the pile of bad numbers Quinnipiac offers up are that majorities of people still think he’s strong and intelligent. That said:

American voters say 54 – 26 percent that they are embarrassed rather than proud to have Trump as president. Voters say 57

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