‘National satisfaction’ reaches 15-year high, ‘greatly increases’ Trump reelection

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by Paul Bedard | February 20, 2020 10:03 AM 

People are practically giddy with the economic improvement under President Trump, and they believe by a 2-1 margin that it will only get better.

The latest Gallup survey also found that the good feelings have helped Trump to sustain his highest approval rating at 49%, which “greatly increases Trump’s chances of being re-elected.”

In the survey, 45% are satisfied with the state of the nation. It hasn’t been that high since 2005, shortly after former President George W. Bush’s second inauguration.

“Trump’s elevated job approval rating comes at a time when Americans are increasingly positive about the state of the nation. The percentage who are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. had already improved from 36% to 41% in a Jan. 3-16 poll, before the rise in Trump’s job approval rating in late January. The latest survey finds a further increase in national satisfaction, with 45% now satisfied, the highest since February 2005,” said the Gallup analysis.

It came with several other notable economic numbers that show American confidence in the Trump economy:

  • 63% of U.S. adults rate current economic conditions as either excellent or good. Just 9% rate them as poor.
  • By 61% to 33%, people say the economy is getting better rather than worse.
  • Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, a summary of ratings of current conditions and whether the economy is getting better or worse, is +41. This is essentially the same as last month, but both readings represent a return to the prior high of +44 in October 2000.

It was the latest positive headline from Gallup for Trump, a string that started before the Senate trial on his House impeachment.

It also comes as other polls show that the public believes that Trump will win reelection in the fall.

But as with much in American politics, the partisan split was huge.

Still, in its “bottom line” analysis, Gallup said that key election factors are falling in place for Trump’s reelection:

Americans are more positive about the state of the nation than they have been in over a decade, and Trump and the GOP appear to be benefiting. Still, in this era of extreme party polarization, that puts his approval rating at 49%, as Republicans’ already high ratings have risen further while Democrats’ negative opinions of him aren’t budging. Independents’ ratings of Trump have improved, but they are still more likely to disapprove than approve of the job he is doing.

The significance of the trend is clear. An approval rating near 50% greatly increases Trump’s chances of being reelected, a prospect that seemed unlikely with his approval stuck near 40% for most of his term.”

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews speculates Democrats may be better off with Trump as president than Sanders

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by Mike Brest | February 22, 2020 05:34 PM 

MSNBC host Chris Matthews wondered if the Democratic Party would be better off if President Trump wins reelection rather than if Sen. Bernie Sanders takes over the White House.

Matthews, 74, brought up the possibility that centrist Democrats may prefer Trump over the socialist Sanders during the network’s Saturday afternoon coverage of the Nevada caucuses. The host of Hardball with Chris Matthews was leading a conversation about how centrist candidates were splitting the vote, likely a detriment to one another but a benefit for Sanders.

“I’m wondering whether the Democratic moderates want Bernie Sanders to be president,” he said. “That’s maybe too exciting a question to raise. They don’t like Trump at all. Do they want Bernie Sanders to take over the Democratic Party in perpetuity? I mean, he takes it over, he sets the direction of the future of the party — maybe they’d rather wait four years and put in a Democrat that they like.”

“I mean, that’s the big question, right?” Adrienne Elrod, a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, responded. “And you know, the narrative that you’re starting to see play out, Chris, is that there are people that are concerned, strategists that are concerned that Bernie Sanders being at the top of the ticket will force us to lose the House. I don’t necessarily think that’s the case.”

Matthews has frequently disparaged the Vermont senator in recent days, accusing Sanders of being “full of it” and arguing that he’d be a “miserable president” if he got elected. He has also predicted that Sanders would lose 49 states if he went up against Trump in the general election.

The network host also warned his viewers about candidates who support socialism.

“You know, I have my own views of the word ‘socialist,'” Matthews said earlier this month. “They go back to the early 1950s. I have an attitude about them. I remember the Cold War. I have an attitude towards Castro. I believe if Castro and the Reds had won the Cold War, there would have been executions in Central Park, and I might have been one of the ones getting executed, and certain other people would be there cheering, OK? So, I have a problem with people who took the other side.”

Sanders reportedly berated MSNBC executives earlier this week for what he perceived to be unfair treatment from the network.

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