Saturday, September 05, 2015
Trump stumps Gallup
Conventional wisdom holds that more Republicans hate Donald Trump than like him.
But the latest Gallup Poll numbers show that just isn't true. For every Republican with an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump, two have a favorable opinion. Trump favorables minus his unfavorables are 32.
That is better than Scott Walker (31), Bobby Jindal (23), Jeb Bush (19), Rick Perry (18), John Kasich (15), and six other guys. Five candidates are ahead of Trump: Ben Carson (51), Marco Rubio (42), Ted Cruz (41), Mike Huckabee (38), and Carly Fiorina (37).
One caution: Being liked is not the same as being popular. Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee, but she is not going to be elected.
From Gallup: "Donald Trump's net favorable rating among Republicans increased significantly over the past two weeks, putting him among the top six Republicans overall on this measure. Ted Cruz's image also improved, while Carly Fiorina's and Ben Carson's images remain significantly better than they were before the Aug. 6 debate. John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are among those whose images worsened."
What is happening is he fights. Others don't. He is channeling Reagan and Elvis, as well as your spoiled brat cousin who you still avoid at weddings.
But he is also like David Brat, the nobody who primaried Eric the Majority Leader Cantor last year.
When conservative voters hear excuses for Democratic Party policies from Republicans, they stay home. When they hear someone speak their language, they listen and flock to get her or him elected.