I am fairly reclusive, but I do venture out now and then. I like to walk 3-4 miles in the mornings, weather permitting, and on Saturdays, the family and I usually go out for an early dinner, then run errands, and once a week I do go grocery shopping. Otherwise, I am generally happy to stay at home. I have concluded, as of this morning, it is no longer safe for me to venture outside the walls of my home, as there is something in the air … something that is apparently highly toxic and quite contagious! I don’t have a scientific term for it, but I have heard some refer to it as ‘Kool-Aid’, while still others have called it “Ostrich-Syndrome.
I have been reading some of the results of this toxic, presumably air-borne disease, and it is even more frightening than a plague! The effects of this disease appear to be blindness, deafness, inability to comprehend even the simplest statements, and intellectual regression. The evidence is in the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll taken this past week. Let me share a few of the results so you can see what I mean.
Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
42% approve, 53% disapprove, and the other 5% were apparently sleeping. But what is interesting about this is that 48% of males approve, while only 35% of females do. And men think they are the smarter sex? HAH! The other thing that caught my eye was 45% of college grads approve of the job he is doing, and 37% of post-graduate students. This seriously messes with my previous assumptions that only the un-and-under-educated could possibly support him.
Q: Would you say Trump is doing a better job as president than you expected, a worse job, or what? Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?
35% say he is doing better than expected (What? How?), 35% say he is doing worse than expected, and 26% say his is doing just about as expected, and 4% were still asleep.. Now take a closer look at that 26%. It turns out, about half of those are people who voted for Trump! Think about that one … they certainly had low expectations, yet they voted for him anyway? Again, among college grads, 32% think he is doing better than expected, and of those with post-graduate degrees, 27% think so.
Q: Is Trump keeping most of his major campaign promises, or not?
44% said ‘no’, 41% said ‘yes’, 8% said ‘some, but not all’, and 7% had now fallen asleep. (Would somebody please tell me which ones he has kept? Not, mind you, that I wanted him to keep them, because they were all bad ideas, but still … ) Of those who voted for Trump, 84% say he is keeping his campaign promises.
Q: Do you think Trump has the kind of judgment it takes to serve effectively as president, or not?
41% answered ‘yes’, 56% answered ‘no’, and 3% remain sleeping.
Q: Do you think Trump has the kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president, or not?
38% answered ‘yes’, 59% answered ‘no’, the rest snoozed on. Now, I am struggling to understand the 3% who think he has ‘the kind of judgment it takes to serve effectively as president’, yet they do not think he has the ‘kind of personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively as president’??? Does not one rather hinge on the other, or am I missing something here?
Q: Do you think Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?
38% replied ‘yes’, 58% replied ‘no’, and 4% are now snoring. How the heck can you reply ‘yes’ to this question and still sleep with a clear conscience? And how can you be ‘undecided’? The ‘man’ has told more lies than Pinocchio, yet 38% find him to be ‘honest and trustworthy’! Perhaps they are using an ‘alternative vocabulary’?
There are a total of 21 questions, and I strongly recommend you view the entire survey. It is among the best interactive surveys I have seen, as you can click ‘detailed view’ on any question and then sort the results by a variety of criteria, such as education level, gender, party affiliation, race, age, religion, region, etc. Take a few minutes to look closer at the results.
In every case, ‘white evangelical Protestants’ answered the questions in Trump’s favour by a significantly higher than average ratio. My best guess on this is they are pleased with such things as his rollback of some LGBT rights, with Betsy DeVos’ intention to use federal monies to fund private (read ‘religious’) schools, and with the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. I still find it disturbing … it is almost as though they are not even living in the same country as the rest of us.
Though his overall approval rating remains at a record low and he is the least popular president in modern times, I am nonetheless astounded at those who continue to support him, even though they say he is not ‘in touch with the concerns of most people in the U.S.’ There has to be something in the air, as I know people cannot truly have become this blind to reality in just the past year.