Here’s a mystery that may need some figuring out: While a new Rasmussen Reports survey says only 29 percent of likely U.S. voters think the country is going in the right direction, another poll shows Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in a virtual dead heat.
It’s as if voters haven’t figured out that the only way to change direction is to reject the Clinton policies and try someone new.
According to the latest Rasmussen survey, 65 percent of likely voters think the nation is headed down the wrong course. A year ago, Rasmussen said, 26 percent of voters thought the country is going in the right direction and 67 percent felt it was going the wrong way.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen reported Wednesday that Trump regained a thin lead over Clinton (42-41%), which was a reverse of the previous day’s poll.
It doesn’t appear that the vice presidential debate will have a significant influence on how people will be casting their ballots.
Rasmussen’s Wednesday report noted that 82 percent of voters are already certain how they will cast their ballots, and Trump leads Clinton 48-47 percent with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson running a distant third with about 8 percent of the vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein stuck down around 2 percent.
Further deepening the mystery, Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll shows half of likely voters still approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance, while 49 percent disapprove.
Perhaps not surprisingly, a different poll released by CNN earlier in the week showed Clinton with a 47-42 percent lead over Trump. Johnson was hovering at 7 percent.
CNN also tossed this in for good measure: “Clinton has even gained somewhat among whites without college degrees, who have been among Trump’s most ardent supporters. She trails Trump by 21 points among that group now, down from a 44-point chasm in early September.” This might interpreted to suggest that Trump supporters are not as well educated as Clinton voters.
Her assertion, which she has unsuccessfully tried to walk back, that about half of Trump supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables” came up during the debate between vice presidential hopefuls Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine Tuesday evening.
That debate was marked by constant interruptions and what appears to have been a loss of control by moderator Elaine Quijano. However, the most amusing thing about the debate was coverage in the Washington Post by a reporter who observed, “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine stood toe-to-toe for 90 minutes…”
Anyone who watched the debate knows that Pence and Kaine were seated for the entire discussion.