Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Popularity Polls

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds links to a bit of back-of-the-envelope analysis done by Jazz Shaw at the website Hot Air. Shaw looks at the findings of a new NBC/WSJ poll measuring at the popularity (or lack thereof) of the President and many others in the Washington scene.

The headline you'll see is that the President is only popular with 43% of respondents. What they don't tell you is that of those surveyed, only VP Mike Pence comes close at 42. Speaker Paul Ryan is at 34, the Republican Party at 35, the Democrats at 30, and Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell are all down in the teens.

Looking at some other survey numbers, Shaw notes that before the election the "right track-wrong track" numbers were at 30/62 whereas today they stand at 40/51. As improvements go, that's yuuge.

Shaw's concluding wisecrack is this riff on a Churchillian quote:
Donald Trump is the least popular person in Washington ... except for everyone else.
Put that way, he isn't doing badly.