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On Election Day, Gallup reported that Donald Trump had the highest unfavorables ever for a presidential nominee. A whopping 61% of the nation had an unfavorable opinion of him.
Nevertheless, they went to the polls and elected him president.
He carried more states than Barack Obama ever did.
Four years earlier, 55% of the nation had a favorable opinion of Mitt Romney. He still lost.
Look at Congress. An average of polls shows 65.5% of the country disapproves of Congress.
But on Election Day, the nation re-elected 97% of the members of the House and 87% of the senators seeking re-election.
How's that go again? Everyone hates Congress but loves their congressman.
Approval ratings are sophist. They seem to be related to election but they aren't because the results do not match the predictions.
For example, according to Hillary was "only" disliked by 52% of the country, which was 9 points better than President Trump.
Yet she lost because there were other factors involved, including anger with Washington, anger with the media, and the fact that her whole campaign was based on her being a woman.
Think about that for a moment. She ran against a nominee who was more disliked, she spent twice as much money, and the media had her back. Yet, Hillary suffered the worst defeat of a Democratic presidential nominee since Dukakis.
Her problem was she had no message, and he did.
So why do approval ratings not matter?
With congressmen, it is simple. People understand that their senator represents only one of 100 people.
Plus, party preference matters. If you are a Democrat, you stay true to Nancy Pelosi. If you are a Republican, you stay true to Paul Ryan. For people unattached to either party, they tend to go along with the incumbent.
For presidents, it gets complicated. Party affiliation matters. With Obama, race mattered because black support boosted approval ratings above 50%.
Then there is personality, or rather media perception. The media glorified Obama as a witty, urbane intellectual. He was none of that. Democrats marketed him well. The media makes Trump out to be a buffoon, lout, and now, traitorous tool of the tsar of Russia,
Plus when it comes to the presidency, people are not approving the job but rather unrelated matters.
Presidents do not draft or pass laws. Congresses do. And yet we call it Obamacare, and conservatives blame President Trump now for its existence.
What presidents do, though does matter. Get foreign policy right, and people love you. Foreign policy got Nixon elected, and Carter dis-elected.
But a lot of what a president does goes unrewarded (or punished) because people do not seem to understand just exactly what a president can do.
Consider for a moment executive orders. As chief executive of the United States government, President Trump is supposed to give civil servants orders on how to carry out laws.
But Marxist judges in Hawai'i and other benighted places ignored the Constitution, and stopped his action. Because they are judges, many people believe them over him.
However, those who do believe that do not matter. In fact, most of his critics do not matter because Trump's voters ignored the media, the critics, and the experts and elected him.
The stock market is a better indicator of whether he is re-elected. So is foreign policy.
We shall see how this works out, but remember Trump the Populist has never been all that popular.
His policies have.
And those policies elected him. They matter, not approval numbers.
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