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Voters believe America is in a steep decline — and almost half blame Trump: WSJ

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According to a summation of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the WSJ reveals that Americans have grown increasingly pessimistic that the country’s problems can be turned around due to the toxic atmosphere in Washington, DC — with Donald Trump fingered as the main culprit.

“Americans have little faith the U.S. political system can address long-term challenges and are skeptical the nation remains committed to foundational tenets such as the free market, majority rule, and tolerance,” the Journal begins before adding, “The results come just ahead of the nation’s 243rd birthday and as partisan divisions grow. President Trump’s tenure has been marked by extraordinary clashes with Congress and the courts on his proposed border wall, trade, budgeting, and congressional oversight.”

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According to the polling, with 43 percent of respondents pointed to President Donald Trump saying his administration deserves much or all of the blame. On top of that, 34 percent primarily blamed Republicans in Congress, while 30 percent cited Democrats as the problem.

The Journals also notes, two-thirds of those polled think the government is incapable of addressing long-term challenges and hold little hope for the future.

Additionally, four of ten respondents stated that the dysfunction in Washington has spilled into their personal lives, claiming, “they have stopped talking politics with a friend or family member because they know the person doesn’t share their views. One in five say they have blocked or unfriended someone on Facebook or elsewhere because of their political opinions, with women, younger people and Democrats most likely to do so,” the Journal reports.

You can read more polling results here (subscription required).

 

 


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Trump’s tweets have ‘deteriorated’ because he knows he faces ‘landslide defeat’: Financial Times columnist

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President Donald Trump's tweets have grown even more erratic than usual lately, as he has promoted baseless murder conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and even a video that proclaims "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."

Financial Times columnist Edward Luce believes he knows the reason that the president has become more unhinged: He knows that he's "courting a landslide defeat" in the 2020 election.

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Here’s the real reason Trump and the GOP don’t want mail-in voting

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Trump and Republicans don’t want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes.

In presidential elections dating back to 2000, there’s been noticeable media coverage of long lines in majority-black precincts; commentators sometimes wonder out loud why people would have to wait in line 8 hours to vote in, for example, inner city Ohio in 2004 or Milwaukee in the 2020 primaries.

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The GOP has a ‘death wish’ and is ‘pulling out all the stops to do unpopular things’: political scientists

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Even as President Donald Trump's approval numbers keep heading downward and Democrats maintain a significant eight-point lead in the generic congressional ballot, the Republican Party keeps floating ideas that two political scientists describe as a potential political "death wish."

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