A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows 45 percent of likely voters think President Donald Trump has delivered “more than most” when it comes to the campaign promises he made during the 2016 campaign.
The poll result was released the morning after Democrat challenger Joe Biden delivered what many say was possibly the best speech of his career, and one that hit the right emotional points, without going into any specifics. Instead, the 77-year-old former vice president promised to bring the country out of darkness and into the light.
As quoted by the Associated Press, Biden vowed, “Here and now I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness. Make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”
The remark clearly was aimed at Trump’s leadership, although it may be difficult to defend that argument when shut-downs around the country were dictated by governors, not the White House.
The full transcript of Biden’s speech may be read here. In it he blamed Trump for the 5 million Americans “infected with COVID-19” and the 170,000 people who have died.” He intimated Trump should be held responsible for the “more than 50 million people (who) have filed for unemployment this year.”
The economy was actually strong before the coronavirus pandemic panic struck, shutting down businesses and thus putting those people out of work. Biden noted “nearly one in 6 small businesses have closed this year” and “more mom-and-pop businesses will close their doors for good.”
Even with those allegations from his challenger, Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll shows the president enjoys a 51 percent job performance approval, including 38 percent who “strongly approve.” By contrast, 47 percent disapprove of Trump’s job performance.
A separate Rasmussen poll revealed that 53 percent of likely voters “regard Biden as liberal, with 30% who say he’s Very Liberal. Only 14% rate him Very or somewhat conservative, while 28% consider the former vice president a moderate.”
Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is considered liberal by 53 percent, including 33 percent who think she is “very liberal.” Only 23 percent believe she is a moderate, as described in recent news coverage by the New York Times and Washington Post.
By no surprise, according to Rasmussen, “Democrats are the most critical, with 66% saying the GOP president has kept his campaign promises less than most presidents. But 68% of his fellow Republicans and a plurality (47%) of voters not affiliated with either major party think Trump has kept his promises more than most.”
Perhaps Trump’s most annoying trait is that he is quick to pick up the gauntlet against real or perceived insults, and his Twitter activity can alienate as many people as he satisfies.
Trump will have to hit a home run with his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, as most pundits currently suggest the election is Biden’s to lose. But four years ago, many of those same observers expected Hillary Rodham Clinton to stroll into the Oval Office.
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