President Donald Trump’s behavior toward Iran is not too aggressive, and some people think he should be even tougher, according to a newly-released Rasmussen Report.
At the same time, Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll shows 45 percent approval for his job performance from likely U.S. voters. That’ the highest it has been since June of last year, but the poll was taken prior to the current dust-up between the president and Steve Bannon, his former advisor and political activist.
According to Rasmussen, 53 percent of likely voters disapprove of the president’s job performance, but the separate Iran poll shows that only 27 percent of likely voters think he has been too aggressive in supporting reformers in Iran. Another 17 percent think he has not been aggressive enough, and 36 percent believe “his response has been about right,” Rasmussen said.
However, more voters are doubtful there will be any meaningful changes toward democracy in that Middle Eastern country. Back in June 2009, when that survey was taken, only 5 percent thought Barack Obama was being too aggressive and 40 percent felt he had not been aggressive enough.
The days of “strategic patience” and “patient diplomacy” appear to be in the past. There is a far different man in the White House and he has already demonstrated a willingness to drop bombs.
However, another poll, this one focusing on politics in “blue” Washington where the votes for national office are dominated by Seattle and Puget Sound-region liberals, shows Democrats making strides in this fall’s mid-term elections.
The Elway Poll says Evergreen State Democrats will “head into the midterm election year with the odds in their favor.” They have a 9-point advantage over Republicans in party identification, according to Elway, and right now the “generic vote for Congress” favors Democrats by 10 points. Democrats also have a 12-point advantage in the generic vote for state legislative races, the pollster noted.
One group of voters that may not be happy about this is gun owners. With its new, albeit thin, majority in both the state House and Senate, Democrats in Washington State are pushing gun control as part of their agenda. Rights activists will gather on the Capitol steps in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 12 starting at 9 a.m. and then disperse to meet with their local lawmakers to discuss a lengthy list of gun control measures that have been proposed or already pre-filed.
If Second Amendment activists can stop squabbling amongst themselves and form a united voting bloc in November, what the polls say now could become irrelevant. In the meantime, they will have to work hard to prevent legislative action on guns after the session opens on Monday.