‘Jerk, profanity used’: Poll finds New Jersey voters unhappy with Christie’s sunbathing adventure

If Chris Christie had political hopes beyond limping out of office as New Jersey’s governor, his little sunbathing interlude on a public beach he’d closed to the public during a government shutdown definitely did not improve his chances of making good on those ambitions. Monmouth University polled to find out just how bad the damage to Christie’s reputation was. It’s bad … in the most glorious way.

Almost all respondents — 86 percent — saw the pictures. When asked to describe it, the most popular word New Jerseyans used was “disgusted,” at 7 percent, with “anger” and “disbelief” a close second. Other popular words: “Selfish,” “hypocrite” and “arrogant.” Less than 10 percent either said something positive or that they weren’t bothered by it.

And then there was this: “Another 6% of those polled simply used some form of profanity to express their sentiments about Christie’s beach day,” said the press release circulated

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Poll after poll confirms: America hates Trumpcare

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A flood of new polls all tell Senate Republicans the same thing: Trumpcare is really unpopular. Extremely unpopular. So unpopular that this is the good news poll for Republicans: Politico/Morning Consult found a whopping 38 percent approval rate for the Senate bill, with a poll conducted before the Congressional Budget Office concluded the bill would mean 22 million people losing health coverage.

When that’s your good news, you’re not doing very well.

An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll showed just 17 percent approval of the Republican healthcare bill. It’s joined by a USA Today/Suffolk University poll finding an even smaller 12 percent support. Quinnnipiac joined them in the under-20 club finding 16 percent approval, plus a few interesting details:

If a U.S. Senator or member of Congress votes for the Republican plan, 46 percent of voters are less likely to support their reelection, with 17 percent more likely

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Fewer than one in five Americans approves of Trumpcare, poll finds

America to congressional Republicans: “We do not like your healthcare bill. No, really, can we talk about how little we like this bill?” A new poll finds just 17 percent approve of the Senate Trumpcare bill, while 55 percent disapprove. According to the NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll:

While Democratic opposition to the bill, as expected, is high, GOP support for the Senate GOP’s plan is very soft. Twenty-one percent of Republicans oppose the bill and just 35 percent support it. Sixty-eight percent of independents also oppose the proposed legislation.

That means, if you’re keeping track, that 39 percent of Republicans are claiming not to have heard enough about it to have an opinion. By contrast, 13 percent of Democrats and 17 percent of independents say they haven’t heard enough to have an opinion. So that is either a giant outbreak of Republicans who genuinely haven’t paid attention to and

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Trump’s unpopularity around the world is dragging down America’s image

Donald Trump is massively unpopular around the world and he’s bringing America’s image down with him, new set of polls finds:

According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.

Only in Russia and Israel do people have more confidence in Trump than they did in President Obama at the end of his presidency. Russia shows up again as one of the only two countries—along with Vietnam—where the favorability rating for the United States as a whole has increased.

In Canada, this is the first time a poll has found a majority having a negative view of the U.

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Poll: Donald Trump’s approval rating is in the toilet, along with his credibility on Russia

Hoo boy. A new CBS News poll is a litany of bad news for Donald Trump, starting with the big-ticket item: Trump’s approval rating has sunk to 36 percent, its lowest level since he became president. And Russia—a problem that’s likely to get worse for Trump, not better—is a significant factor, with a third of people saying Trump’s handling of the Russia issue has made them think worse of him.

Trump’s credibility is low. A majority of people believe former FBI Director James Comey over Trump, and:

The percentage of Americans who thinks it is at least somewhat likely that Mr. Trump’s campaign associates had improper contact with the Russian government has also risen a bit in recent months — from 59 percent in March to 65 percent today.

Movement here is driven primarily by Republicans: 40 percent now think it is at least somewhat likely that Trump associates had improper contact

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Ossoff leads in new poll but he can only win if we get out the vote

Jon Ossoff leads Karen Handel among likely voters, 51 percent to 44 percent, in a new poll released by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (with a four-point margin of error). Other recent polls have shown a much closer race, so while this is good news, it’s definitely not reason to relax and think this thing is in the bag—Georgia’s 6th is still a Republican-leaning district and Ossoff still faces unrelenting attacks from outside groups.

The findings show Ossoff has an enormous lead over Handel among women, leading 60-34. The Republican is beating Ossoff among male voters by a 52-41 margin. He has a solid advantage over Handel among younger voters, while she has a slim majority of voters who are over 65. […]

He’s capturing about 13 percent of Republican voters and 50 percent of independents – a crucial voting bloc that typically leans right in the state. It shows almost

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Poll: Americans don’t believe Trump on Russia and think he’s interfering with investigations

America does not believe Donald Trump when he talks about Russia and Russia investigations. That’s the takeaway of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. Americans don’t trust Trump on whether Russia interfered in the elections or why he fired James Comey as FBI director, and they don’t believe he’s cooperating with the investigation.

Asked “How much do you trust what Trump says about possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and related issues,” 50 percent of the poll’s respondents said “not at all.” Another 22 percent said “just some.” Just 21 percent of people trusted him “a good amount” or “a great deal.” But … 50 percent trust him not at all. 

When the question was “Just your best guess, do you think Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in order to protect himself or for the good of the country,” 61 percent said Trump was

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Jon Ossoff continues to build steam in Georgia

The run-off election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is going to be tight—an every-vote-matters situation. On the one hand you have high Democratic enthusiasm and an appealing candidate, while on the other hand you have a strongly Republican district. But Jon Ossoff and Democrats have just gotten two pieces of good news, about where the race stands right now and about how they can organize over the next two weeks.

A new poll from Gerstein Bocian Agne (a Democratic pollster) shows Ossoff strong on two fronts. First, he leads Karen Handel 50 to 48. Second, Ossoff’s supporters are more enthusiastic: “1-in-5 Handel voters are less certain about their support for her” and may be less likely to turn out and vote. And while the House’s Trumpcare vote—and Handel’s support for it—may help motivate the intense Republican base, it’s not likely to help with independents and even some less extremist Republican voters.

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Democrats are enthusiastic about voting in 2018. Republicans, not so much.

We’ve seen it in two special elections in deep red districts, and now Public Policy Polling finds it nationally: Democrats are a lot more excited about voting than Republicans.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

Of course, there’s a long time between now and November 2018, and a lot could change. But one of the key factors is unlikely to suddenly start benefiting Republicans:

One

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Democrats are enthusiastic about voting in 2018. Republicans, not so much.

We’ve seen it in two special elections in deep red districts, and now Public Policy Polling finds it nationally: Democrats are a lot more excited about voting than Republicans.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

Of course, there’s a long time between now and November 2018, and a lot could change. But one of the key factors is unlikely to suddenly start benefiting Republicans:

One

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Morning Digest: Trump-loving Sheriff David Clarke may draw a challenger who could end his career

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Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff: This would be awesome: Former Milwaukee Police Captain Earnell Lucas will challenge notorious Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in next year’s Democratic primary, according to a consultant working for Lucas. Clarke, a vociferous Trump supporter and incendiary critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, is the living embodiment of the term “Democrat-in-name-only”; those who know him from the headlines he makes are often shocked to learn he isn’t a Republican.

But that makes his re-election prospects worse than dicey: A PPP poll conducted earlier this year found that just 13 percent of Democratic voters in Milwaukee County said they’d support Clarke, while 82 preferred “someone else.” And now it looks like those folks will indeed have a someone else to vote for. Lucas is a 25-year police veteran and has worked for the last 15 years in Major League Baseball,

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Morning Digest: The Club for Growth goes after Karen Handel in Georgia special election

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GA-06: The anti-tax extremist group Club for Growth recently backed businessman Bob Gray in the April 18 primary for the special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price, and now the Club’s backing their play with a new $250,000 TV ad buy that turns its sights on Karen Handel. They attack the former Republican secretary of state over her spending record while in office, making this the first time anyone has directly run ads against her in this race. A recent independent poll found Handel leading Gray 20 to 10 for the second spot in the runoff, so the Club has work to do to drag Handel down.

For her part, Handel recently rolled out the endorsement of former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, whom Handel unsuccessfully tried to succeed in the 2014 GOP Senate primary. Meanwhile, current Sen. David Perdue, who ultimately prevailed in that election, is

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No wonder Republicans are in a hurry: Support for Trumpcare is dropping

Republicans are trying to get Trumpcare passed as quickly as ever they can, and there’s a reason for that: they need to get it done before voters really process just what this bill will do to the American healthcare system. Support is already dropping:

Voters are divided on the measure: Approval of the bill declined from 46 percent last week to 41 percent in the new poll, conducted last Thursday through Sunday. Disapproval, meanwhile, ticked up marginally, from 35 percent last week to 38 percent in the new survey. More voters, 22 percent, strongly disapprove of the bill than the 17 percent who strongly approve of it. […]

Republicans continue to support to bill: 62 percent of GOP voters approve of the bill, while only 18 percent disapprove. And while Democratic opposition — 57 percent disapprove — lags Republicans’ backing, more Democrats strongly disapprove of the law, 40 percent,

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After only two months in office, Trump falls to new approval rating low of 37 percent

Have fun with that, buddy.

President Trump’s job approval rating has dropped to a new low of 37 percent, according to the latest Gallup tracking poll.

Only 37 percent of respondents approve of the job the president is doing, compared to 58 percent who disapprove.

Apparently America is indeed getting tired of all the “winning.”

Oh, and we’re still in the first 100 days.

Donald Trump is losing the battle for public opinion on immigration, poll finds

Americans are not on board with the Trump anti-immigrant agenda, a new CNN/ORC poll shows:

Americans are more likely to say that the nation’s top immigration priority should be to allow those in the US illegally to gain legal status — and six in 10 say they are more concerned that deportation efforts will be overzealous than they are that dangerous criminals will be overlooked.

All told, 60% say the government’s top priority in dealing with illegal immigration should be developing a plan to allow those in the US illegally who have jobs to become legal residents.

In contrast, 26% say developing a plan to stop illegal border crossings should be the top priority and 13% say deportation of those in the US illegally should be the first priority.

Of course, that 26 percent is Donald Trump’s base, and they’re the only people he hears. Some Republicans in Congress

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Trumpcare is even less popular than Donald Trump

Health care may be very complicated, but people’s feelings about Trumpcare are less complicated: They don’t like it. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling:

Only 24% of voters support it, to 49% who are opposed. Even among Republican voters only 37% are in favor of the proposal to 22% who are against it, and 41% who aren’t sure one way or another. Democrats (15/71) and independents (22/49) are more unified in their opposition to the bill than Republicans are in favor of it.

That means Trumpcare is posting numbers below the level of Trump’s own rock-solid base. Trump himself currently has a 43 percent approval rating.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of voters are in favor of Obamacare these days, to 39 percent who are opposed.

Unpopular. Untrusted. And ripe for impeachment? New poll has bad news for Trump

Public Policy Polling likes to have fun with its Twitter trolls, and that’s a good thing, because PPP has a new poll that will definitely unleash a flood of angry Trumpy trolls. Impeachment, rising disapproval, the Muslim ban, the Bowling Green Massacre … this poll is a thing of beauty

  • Trump’s approval rating is just 43 percent, while his disapproval rating has shot up to 53 percent. 
  • Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed.”
  • Trump’s Muslim ban gets 45 percent support, with 49 percent opposed, but here’s the kicker: “Among those who do support it you have to wonder how well thought out their position is—by a 51/23 margin Trump voters say that the Bowling Green Massacre shows why Trump’s immigration policy is needed.”
  • “By a 48/43 spread,

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Morning Digest: To fill Senate seat, governor appoints attorney general—who may be investigating him

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AL-Sen, AL-Gov: Fitting in perfectly with the Trumpian disregard of democratic norms, GOP Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the Senate seat just vacated by newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite the fact that Strange has reportedly been investigating Bentley for many months in connection with a sordid sex scandal. In fact, according to Politico, Alabama Republicans tried to steer Bentley away from tapping Strange, citing the obvious conflict of interest and terrible optics, but he was not to be deterred. Actually, for a guy who’s been accused of using state resources to conceal an affair with a staffer, this kind of kiss-off to the public makes total sense.

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And Strange may have some taint about him for seeking and accepting the post, especially because of his own odd behavior. Strange now claims that he never

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Morning Digest: To fill Senate seat, governor appoints attorney general—who may be investigating him

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AL-Sen, AL-Gov: Fitting in perfectly with the Trumpian disregard of democratic norms, GOP Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the Senate seat just vacated by newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite the fact that Strange has reportedly been investigating Bentley for many months in connection with a sordid sex scandal. In fact, according to Politico, Alabama Republicans tried to steer Bentley away from tapping Strange, citing the obvious conflict of interest and terrible optics, but he was not to be deterred. Actually, for a guy who’s been accused of using state resources to conceal an affair with a staffer, this kind of kiss-off to the public makes total sense.

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And Strange may have some taint about him for seeking and accepting the post, especially because of his own odd behavior. Strange now claims that he never

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Morning Digest: Democrats romp in special election, but too soon to say if Trump’s offering a boost

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Special Elections: An interesting thing happened on Tuesday night, in a special election for Iowa’s 89th state House District: Democrats didn’t just win—though they were expected to—they won big. This, suffice it to say, is an outcome Team Blue does not typically see in oddly timed elections, so here’s a little background.

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Late last year, Democratic state Rep. Jim Lykam won a previous special election for the state Senate, thus setting off a second special election—the political equivalent of musical chairs. Democrats, who nominated retired community college instructor Monica Kurth, were favored to retain Lykam’s seat, which is located in the city of Davenport and backed Hillary Clinton by a 52-41 margin.

But you never know with these kinds of races, which so often see turnout among Democratic voters drop disproportionately, compared to elections when there’s a presidential contest on the ballot. What’s more,

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