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A new poll

A new poll

Mike Huckabee, August 17, 2017

Depending on which poll you listen to, President Trump’s approval is either rising or plummeting.

The latest poll, by Monmouth University, finished up after two weeks of savage attacks on him for his method of dealing with North Korea (did I mention that Kim Jong Un stood down?) and his insistence that there was blame on both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. This poll shows (surprise) his approval inching up slightly, to 41%. That’s low, but still more than double Congress’ approval rating of 18%.

Even more interesting, both Trump’s supporters and his detractors seem to be set in cement: large majorities of both say they can’t imagine him doing anything to change their opinion of him. Which could be seen as remarkably freeing: imagine a politician who can say or do whatever he really wants to without regard for how it will affect his poll numbers. Actually, that sounds like Trump since day one.