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Political campaigns and politics have become more crazy, confusing and polarizing than ever before. What are political candidates and campaigns really thinking? Listen to an insightful and engaging discussion each week from the senior staff of Magellan Strategies. Each week veteran pollsters and campaign operatives David Flaherty, Courtney Gibbon and Ryan Winger talk about current events, politics, campaigns and how using voter data, technology and survey research leads to smarter politics.
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EP 27: President Trump's First 100 Days and France's Presidential Election
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In this episode, we discuss the recent round of polls showing voter opinion of President Trump’s first 100 days. How important are these polls, how relevant are they to the 2018 midterm elections, and what are some important indicators? We then briefly discuss France’s Presidential election, the polling, and what it suggests for the future of European politics. Segment 1: President Trump’s First 100 Days The last week has brought us two major polls, one from NBC News/Wall Street Journal and another from The Washington Post/ABC News, revealing public opinion of President Trump’s first 100 days in office. The two polls find similar measurements of Trump’s job approval, at 40% and 42%, respectively, and the NBC News Wall Street Journal survey found that 45% of respondents believe that the President is off to a “poor start.” Much of analysis in the media has focused on historical comparisons. NBC notes that at this same point, President Obama’s approval rating was 61%, George W. Bush’s was 56% and President Clinton’s was at 52%. Dan Balz and Scott Clement at The Washington Post report that President Trump’s job approval is the lowest recorded at this stage dating back to Eisenhower. Still, both surveys do find some positive data points for the President. The Washington Post/ABC News survey finds that only 2% of his voters’ regret voting for him, and his approval rating among them stands at 94%. Also, his efforts to pressure U.S. companies to keep jobs here enjoy broad support at 73%. And when respondents were asked whether President Trump is in touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today, or is he out of touch, 38% said that he is in touch, which is a higher percentage than both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party generally. In the NBC News/Wall Street Journal surve