Donald Trump is a below-average president, Americans say

Before Donald Trump was inaugurated, a poll showed that Republicans were about as likely to say history would view him as an above average president as Democrats were to say he would be seen as a below average president—about three quarters on each side. Things have changed:

In that context, the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday offers bad news for President Trump. Sure, we still found a wide partisan split, with more than three-quarters of Democrats viewing Trump’s job performance as worse than most past presidents (including a staggering 62 percent saying it’s much worse). But only 57 percent of Republicans said he’s doing better than average — including 43 percent saying he’s doing much better. […]

Overall, half the country thinks he’s performing worse than most past presidents, with nearly 4 in 10 saying he’s doing much worse. Twenty-three percent of Americans say

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Donald Trump is a below-average president, Americans say

Before Donald Trump was inaugurated, a poll showed that Republicans were about as likely to say history would view him as an above average president as Democrats were to say he would be seen as a below average president—about three quarters on each side. Things have changed:

In that context, the new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday offers bad news for President Trump. Sure, we still found a wide partisan split, with more than three-quarters of Democrats viewing Trump’s job performance as worse than most past presidents (including a staggering 62 percent saying it’s much worse). But only 57 percent of Republicans said he’s doing better than average — including 43 percent saying he’s doing much better. […]

Overall, half the country thinks he’s performing worse than most past presidents, with nearly 4 in 10 saying he’s doing much worse. Twenty-three percent of Americans say

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Republican voters turn against book learning as the party’s enstupiding accelerates

As the Republican base’s voters get dumber, their resentment of people and institutions who are not dumb continues to grow.

A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years.

That’s a 13-point change on the Republican side in just one year—and it happened after years of the number being fairly stable. Why? God only knows, but at this point it’s safe to write the whole thing off as a newly aggressive defense of idiocy. We seem to be living in a new golden age for stupidity, as is evidenced by the vapid, ignorant jagoff selected by Republicans as their preferred leader and king, and the Republican-voting public seems to have redoubled

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Morning Digest: Montana Republicans keep searching for Senate option, may settle on state auditor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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MT-Sen: National Republicans were disappointed when ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke took a Trump cabinet post rather than challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and they weren’t happy when Attorney General Tim Fox also announced that he would stay out of the Senate race. Their attention has since turned to Matt Rosendale, who was elected state auditor just last year. Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé reports that Rosendale is “expected” to decide within the month, and an unnamed person close to Rosendale insists he’s “95 percent there.”

However, Republicans aren’t unanimous in how they feel about him. On the one hand, Rosendale was born in Maryland and still has the accent to

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Morning Digest: Montana Republicans keep searching for Senate option, may settle on state auditor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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MT-Sen: National Republicans were disappointed when ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke took a Trump cabinet post rather than challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and they weren’t happy when Attorney General Tim Fox also announced that he would stay out of the Senate race. Their attention has since turned to Matt Rosendale, who was elected state auditor just last year. Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé reports that Rosendale is “expected” to decide within the month, and an unnamed person close to Rosendale insists he’s “95 percent there.”

However, Republicans aren’t unanimous in how they feel about him. On the one hand, Rosendale was born in Maryland and still has the accent to

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Morning Digest: GOP Rep. Steve Pearce embarks on what may be ‘kamikaze’ run for New Mexico governor

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NM-Gov: On Monday, GOP Rep. Steve Pearce announced that he would run to succeed termed-out New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Pearce, who represents the southern part of the state, is the first prominent Republican to enter the race. He could also very well be the last: As local political reporter Joe Monahan puts it, Pearce “will need perfect flying conditions to pull off the upset,” or else his bid “is going to look like a kamikaze mission.” The latter outcomes seems a lot more likely.

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The once-popular Martinez has seen her poll numbers crater in recent years, and Trump is unlikely to be anything but a liability in a state that backed Clinton 48-40. Unless something changes, the eventual GOP nominee is going to need to convince voters unhappy with both the state and national Republican Party that they should

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‘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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