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Trump rails against recounts in Florida

November 13, 2018

Even as word came in early on November 12 that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema had taken 49.6% of the Arizona vote in the race for U.S. Senate against the GOP’s Martha McSally (48.1%), President Donald Trump railed against the continuing recounts in Florida—the results of which could change the balance of power in Washington, D.C.

The president alleged, without any solid evidence, that many ballots in the Senate and gubernatorial races were “missing and forged” and that a valid tally  would not be possible, according to a same-day report by the Washington Post.

“An honest vote count is no longer possible—ballots massively infected,” the president tweeted at 7:44 a.m. (ET).

Instead of a recount, Trump suggested that the results from the night of the November 6 midterm election should stand, handing victories to fellow Republicans Rick Scott, the governor, in the Senate race and Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, in the gubernatorial contest.

Must go with Election Night!” the POTUS said.

However, the recounts continue. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties began retabulating the vote on November 10, while Broward started on November 11. The recounts are happening in accordance with Florida law because of the tight margins in the votes, the Post said.

Notwithstanding those recounts, Trump is not alone . On November 11, Scott went on national television to accuse Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, whom  still is hoping to unseat, of trying to “commit fraud to try to win this election,”  the Post reported, noting, “His campaign said it had filed lawsuits against Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher, the election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties, two Democratic strongholds. Democrats called it desperation by a candidate sitting on a precarious vote lead.”

Scott made his comments in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” after his lead shrank to fewer than 13,000 votes in a race with national stakes. In a separate Fox News television appearance Monday, Scott called Nelson a “sore loser” and alleged that “he’s just here to steal this election.”

Nelson fired back on Twitter on Monday, the Post reported, writing that there is “zero evidence backing up claims by Republican extremists that Democrats are trying to steal the election.”

In the Senate contest, Scott’s lead over Nelson has narrowed to 12,562 votes out of more than 8 million ballots cast, the news outlet said—or a margin of 0.15%, according to an unofficial tally Saturday from the state. State law mandates a machine recount if the margin is half a percentage point or less.

The governor’s race also has tightened, with DeSantis ahead by a mere 0.41%. If that margin holds, it would fall short of the 0.25% threshold for a more involved manual recount.

The election results are slated to be certified on November 20. Newly elected senators are expected to report to Washington, D.C., this week for orientation. Scott said he has not decided his schedule yet. The Senate will swear in new members in January.

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21% of men hang no art on their walls

April 3, 2018

In an era when The Art of the Deal has been touted extensively by the president, that seems to be the only fine art in which Americans are taking an interest:  Based on findings of a survey of 892 U.S. adults released on March 27 by YouGov Omnibus , 19% of Americans—21% of men and 17% of women—say they have no artwork on the walls of their homes.

For the 79% who do have art in their homes, photographs (53%) and paintings (52%) are the most common decorative arts, with more than half of these Americans saying they have at least one of these hanging on their walls. These are followed in popularity by drawings (23%), posters (20%), wall hangings (13%), maps (11%), signs (10%), mixed media (9%), masks (6%), and other art (6%).

Logically enough, older Americans are more likely to have amassed a collection of artwork. Among U.S. adults age 55+, 62% have at least one photograph on view and 61% have a painting.

Posters are displayed by younger, more aspirational Americans. Fully 32% of Millennials have a poster on their wall, compared to 13% of those 55+.

Fewer than half of the Millennials who have art on their walls have purchased any of it. 44% said they had received art has a gift, while 36% said they displayed art that they had made/produced themselves.

Meanwhile, 15%  of Millennials said the art on their walls was there when they moved in, compared with only 2% of Americans 35 and over.

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57% of Americans say Trump is racist

March 13, 2018

Just under half of all Americans (49%) say race relations are worse nationwide than they were a year ago; while 12% say they are better and 37% say they are about the same—based on findings of a poll, released on February 28 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Indeed, 57% of the 1,337 U.S. adults who responded to the poll last month say they believe President Trump is a racist.

African-Americans expressed more pessimistic views, with 65% stating that race relations are worse today than they were a year ago; compared with 45% of whites—and 53% stating that race relations will deteriorate over the coming year, as compared to 37% of whites.

Half of Americans believe that African-Americans have a disadvantage when it comes to getting ahead in the United States, while 60% think whites have an advantage.

Two-thirds of Americans are unhappy with the way Trump is handling race relations, including 59% of whites and 91% of African-Americans. Forty-seven percent of adults say the things that Donald Trump is doing as POTUS have been bad for African-Americans. Blacks are twice as likely as whites to hold this view.

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Trump’s Fox News fan base seems to be fading fast

December 20, 2017

President Donald Trump has an affinity for Fox News—and its viewers have been reputed to be among his most fanatic followers. But that prevailing wisdom increasingly is becoming “fake news,” according to a December 14 report by the Washington Post—which reveals that Trump’s  Fox News fan base is waning. In December it stood at just 58%, compared to 90% last June.

“Trump likes what he sees on Fox, which means that what he sees depicts him favorably,” the Washington Post said. And yet, according to new polling from Suffolk University, those voters who have the most trust in Fox’s reporting have increasingly begun to view Trump unfavorably.

Over the course of Trump’s presidency, the Post reports, Suffolk has asked people to weigh in on their views of the POTUS multiple times. In March, 45% of all Americans viewed Trump favorably, but fully 86% of those who identified Fox as their most-trusted news network said they did. By June, that number had grown to 90%.

All of that changed in the October and December polls: Trump’s favorability with Fox News viewers has plunged from nearly 20 percentage points to over 30 percentage points–slipping from that 90% strong majority to 74% in October and 58% in December.

In March, Fox viewers were 40 points more likely to view Trump positively than were voters overall. By December, they were only 24 points more likely to do so — even though the numbers for Republicans — with which Fox viewership overlaps to some extent — remained fairly high. (Among those who trust CNN the most, the second-most popular network, Trump’s numbers have been consistently dismal, ticking up only slightly of late.)

As you might expect, the percent of Fox viewers who see Trump unfavorably has climbed. In the most recent poll, more than a third of that group says they view him negatively, twice as high as the percentage of Republicans.

Suffolk didn’t ask about approval ratings in its poll, but a similar trend was emerging there, too. And while Trump’s approval among Republicans was still fairly high, the number of voters who said that they strongly approved of him sank from 55% in March among Fox viewers to only 32% in October.

What’s interesting, the Post points out, is that Trump’s favorability dipped despite people’s opinions of the state of the country turning around. Between October and December, Fox News viewers were slightly more likely to say that the country was headed in the right direction — and quite a bit more likely to view Trump unfavorably.

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Few Americans know much about Middle East crisis

December 14, 2017

Fewer than 20% of U.S. adults really understand the situation in the Middle East, based on results of a YouGov Omnibus poll taken after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6.

Overall, 19% say they are very knowledgeable about the international situation; 13% say they are not informed at all and most fall somewhere in between.

Out of 7,244 respondents quested on December 8, twice as many men (26%) as women (13%) considered themselves to be very familiar with the Middle East crisis. Another 16% of women said they don’t consider themselves to be knowledgeable at all, while 9% of men said the same.

In addition, income was a dividing factor among respondents. Twenty-nine percent of respondents who earn at least $80k said they were very knowledgeable, while the same was true for only 15% of those who said they made under $40k.

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63% of Americans oppose moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

December 11, 2017

A poll conducted by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based think tank, has found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of all Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s decisions to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That 63% includes 44% of his own party, the Republicans.

In announcing his official proclamation last week, Trump said, “ have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.  Today, I am delivering.”

The president added, “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.:

However, in posting the results of its survey on December 5, Brookings opined, “It is almost impossible to see the logic of the Trump administration’s expected recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…before it even unveils what’s certain to be a controversial plan for Middle East peace, which will be tough enough to sell.”

Indeed, they said, “Trump certainly doesn’t need to solidify his pro-Israel credentials; three of his key Middle East advisers are known to be sympathetic with the Israeli right.”

What’s more, they pointed out, “…the American public, including his Republican core, already thinks his policy is pro-Israel.”

A University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll—conducted by Nielsen Scarborough in early November among a national sample of 2,000 American adults and  released at the Brookings Institution on December 1— found that 59% of respondents said they preferred that Trump lean toward neither side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How about the Evangelical Christians whose support has been critical for Trump, and who are known to support declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the U.S. embassy there? While 53% of Evangelicals support the move, 40 % oppose it.

In the meantime, the administration’s assumptions about the limited demonstrations in the region against the move and the scant costs of the relocation  are based on little more, the Institution says, than “a leap of faith”.

What’s more, Brookings warned, “Jerusalem is the perfect issue for Iran and Islamist militants to use to mobilize support against the United States and those who endorse its policies.”

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Trump insists on ‘Merry Xmas,’ but other Americans not so sure

December 6, 2017

Around this time of year, most Americans exchange a “Seasons Greetings,” a “Happy Holidays,” a “Happy Channukah,“ a “Happy Kwanza,” or a “Merry Christmas” with family and friends. However, this December, U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed a distinct preference for one of those expressions.

Two months ago, Trump, a Christian himself, told a crowd of supporters that “we’re saying Merry Christmas again” this year, now that he is president, according to a report by The Hill.

“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use the word Christmas because it’s not politically correct,” he said on October 13, in comments before the Values Voter Summit

Now, a YouGov Omnibus research poll of 7,063 American adults questioned on November 29 reveals that nearly one-quarter of Americans (24%) believe that people are more likely to say “Merry Christmas” this year than in past years—and none hold this thought more strongly than the president’s own Republican party.

Two groups in particular are responding to the president’s call to make the holidays about Christmas again, The Hill says: Republicans (47%) and those over the age of 55 (32%) lead other respondents when it comes to thinking that people are “more likely” to say “Merry Christmas” this year.

However, the president is defending a religion that is slowing slipping from the majority. A survey released in September by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that, today, just 43% of Americans identify as white and Christian. By comparison, 81% of Americans identified as white Christians in 1976.

Predictably enough, the diverse general public is less enthusiastic about the “Merry Christmas” greeting: Just 24% say that people will be “more likely” to use it this year than any other. Democrats and older Millennials between the ages of 25 and 36 are the least likely (16%) to think that there will be more Christmas greetings this year.

A majority of respondents nationwide (47%) still think that people are just as likely to use a less controversial seasonal greeting this year. That includes more than a third of Republicans (35%), but Democrats (56%) lead in this sentiment.

Few (14%) say that people actually will be “less likely” to wish someone “Merry Christmas” this year.

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Most Americans believe North Korea can be contained

November 3, 2017

As President Donald Trump prepares for his first official trip to Asia this month, Americans are more likely than they were in September to think that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear aspirations can be contained without resorting to military action, according to results of a poll by CBS News.

Today, just 25% of American respondents think military action is needed to address the threat of nuclear bombardment by North Korea—an eight-point drop from the high of 33% two months ago.

According to the network news organization, the drop is primarily among independents and Republicans.  Now most Republicans think North Korea can be contained; in September, half of Republicans said military action was needed.

However, there is far less consensus about how President Trump is currently handling North Korea:  80% of Republicans approve, while 90% of Democrats and most independents disapprove.

By a measure of two-to-one, Americans think other countries in Asia, such as China and South Korea, should be the ones to take the lead in dealing with North Korea. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents all agree on this.

Overall, optimism that Americans of different political views can still come together and work out their differences has faded, CBS said.  Back in June – after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress – more than half (55%) were optimistic. Now, 47% feel hopeful.

Pessimism has risen across party lines, but particularly among independents.

Americans are more likely to want their nation to be liked around the world for its policies (49%) than to be respected for its military power (39%).

The poll was conducted by telephone from October 27 through October 30, among a random sample of 1,109 adults nationwide.  Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS.

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