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Inside the Beltway: Trump campaign reinvents the poll

March 8, 2019

When in doubt, conduct your own poll.

President Trump continues to have the last word on most big news events via his nimble tweets and vigorous reactions, issued at all hours. Mr. Trump also continues to skirt around pollsters. The president simply conducts his own surveys, using them to gauge which issues are the most important to Republican voters, or to ask their reactions to, say, a biased news media, aggressive Democrats or a challenging global situation.

This is not a new practice. Mr. Trump and his staff have been circulating such surveys among voters since the days of his 2016 election campaign. They have turned the survey into a fine art, and one which has emerged as a very effective campaign tool. These polls are never dry, and they’ve never been skimpy sometimes including up to 30 questions which are on point, on message and engaging.

And now the new election season has arrived. The latest Trump poll seeks public opinion on the 2020 Democratic platform, and it does not hold back, providing respondents with both multiple-choice answers and space for open commentary as well.

“The battle for the 2020 Democratic nomination has turned into an all-out race to the left. Their party has made full-blown socialism a major part of their platform. While President Trump is working to make America great again, Democrats are fighting to turn America into the next Venezuela!” the poll introduction advises.

Among the inquiries:

Do you believe that it is unacceptable that Democrats won’t fund the wall, but demand you support full term abortions? Do you believe that Democrats pushing for “post term abortion” is disgusting? Do you believe wide-open borders threaten our safety? Do you believe full blown Socialism would destroy everything our country stands for? Do you believe that your 2nd Amendment rights should always be protected?

“A Democrat winning the White House in 2020 would have disastrous consequences for the American people. Our economy would crater, taxes would skyrocket, and our borders would be open for any criminals that feel like coming across,” the survey warns.

None of this is lost on the competition, though.

Not to be outdone, the Democratic National Committee simultaneously have launched its own pair of polls this week. One is titled “Tell us how you plan to make Donald Trump a one-term president,” and the other “Which Republican do you most want to defeat?” which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine among the choices.

AND IN SUMMATION

Looks like it’s the Democratic Party’s turn to have an identity crisis.

“Nancy Pelosi fears the radical left. The fringe have become the center of the Democratic Party,” columnist and commentator Michelle Malkin tells Fox News Channel.

“Has she lost control of the Democratic Party?” morning host Ainsley Earhardt asked.

“She absolutely has. Like I said, the fringe has become the center of the Democratic Party,” Mrs. Malkin replied.

THE ENEMY WITHIN?

Here’s a new poll of interest to civility mavens, along with the lawmakers themselves.

“Talk about the enemy within voters think it’s Congress,” says a new Rasmussen Reports survey that found that a majority of likely U.S. voters agree with a recent warning from President Trump.

“Right now we have people in Congress who hate our country,” the president said during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.

The poll found that 51 percent of voters agree with the statement. A third disagree with the idea that lawmakers hate America, while 15 percent are undecided.

“It’s sad. It’s very, very sad,” said Mr. Trump, after making his observation about rancor on Capitol Hill.

The survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted March 5-6.

ONE MORE TIME

A pair of Republicans still want Americans to understand each other.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has reintroduced the “English Language Unity Act,” which establishes English as the official language of the United States. Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota is the co-sponsor.

Mr. Inhofe says the legislation will boost the success of those legally immigrating to the U.S. and give the nation a lift as well.

“Language has the power to unify people of all walks of life; by establishing English as the official language of our nation we will become further united,” Mr. Inhofe said.

Added Mr. Rounds, who describes the bill as “straightforward”: “Currently, English is the official language of 32 states, including South Dakota, but has not been declared as the national official language. Our bill would change that. I cosponsored this legislation during the previous Congress, and am pleased to cosponsor it again in the 116th Congress.”

The legislation has quite a 20-year heritage among determined Republicans. It was first introduced in 2005 by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, and was based on similar legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia in 1999.

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POLL DU JOUR

44 percent of Americans say there is a “crisis” on the U.S. border with Mexico; 83 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of independents and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

28 percent of this group say it is an “illegal immigration crisis”; 30 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of independents and 28 percent of Democrats agree.

23 percent of the group say it is a “national security crisis”; 24 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats agree.

15 percent of them say it is a “drug smuggling crisis”; 13 percent of Republicans, 15 percent of independents and 18 percent of Democrats agree.

12 percent say it is a crisis of some other type; 15 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 3 percent of Democrats agree.

8 percent say it is a “humanitarian crisis”; 2 percent of Republicans, 8 percent of independents and 28 percent of Democrats agree.

8 percent call it is a “human trafficking”; 9 percent of Republicans, 8 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

6 percent say it is an “criminal crisis”; 7 percent of Republicans, 5 percent of independents and 6 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted March 3-5.

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