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Reuters Poll Shows Good Numbers for Trump. They Immediately Disavow It.

After the shocking results of the 2016 election, polling professionals were all over the news media – not to apologize for their completely wrong predictions but to justify them in hindsight. Oh, we said he had a 5% chance…that’s not zero! Oh, we didn’t know all them ruralfolk were actually going to vote…who could’ve guessed? Oh, our polls were taken BEFORE the Jim Comey letter…that’s what caused Hillary to lose! If any of them ever came out on TV to say, “Yeah, you know, our business is mostly BS and now the American people know it,” we must have missed it.

Now, in fairness, we don’t think political polling is actually “BS,” but it’s not the magic crystal ball that many in Washington and the media believe it to be. Especially in an era where so many of these polling companies are relying on landline surveys. Do you still answer your home phone to unfamiliar numbers? Do you answer it…at all? Maybe you do and maybe you don’t, but it’s safe to say that a great many Americans – if not most – would say no. Which makes you wonder what kind of people these polling companies are interviewing.

Suffice to say, though: Polling companies THEMSELVES usually go to the ends of the earth to defend their own results.

Apparently, though, it’s more important to make sure one’s status at the liberal country club is in order than to stand by one’s business model. At least that’s the assumption we’re making after Reuters/Ipsos released a poll on May 4…only to immediately disavow it.

“This week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political release presents something of an outlier of our trend,” the company wrote in a disclaimer. “Every series of polls has the occasional outlier and in our opinion this is one. So, while we are reporting the findings in the interest of transparency, we will not be announcing the start of a new trend until we have more data to validate this pattern.”

Uhhhh, guys, we don’t know about this one. If you want to just go ahead and skip it, that would be fine. We don’t stand by our work this week.

What would possibly cause Reuters to have such sudden doubts about the veracity of their polling?

“The Reuters/Ipsos Core Political poll has a significant realignment this week across a number of metrics,” they wrote. “Most pronounced is President Trump’s approval rating which currently sits at 48% with all Americans. His number with registered voters is essentially the same at 49%. Corresponding with Trump’s stronger approval rating, evaluations of his job performance across the board are stronger this week from 57% approving of his handling of the economy to 44% approving of the way he treats people like them. On the generic congressional ballot, our current poll shows a +5-point advantage for Democrats, the smallest lead we’ve seen in recent weeks.”

Ohh, this poll was actually favorable (comparatively) to Trump and the Republicans. Oh, well of COURSE there must be some problem in the polling method because we ALL know that only that biased, nasty Rasmussen ever finds anyone who actually likes the president!

Guess it’s time to add a few hundred more Democrats to the polling pool – get those numbers back to a place that won’t embarrass Reuters in front of all their friends.

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  1. Although he is improving, he must stop with the “I am smart”, “I am rich”, etc.

    He should do his job effectively, efficiently, logically, and rationally, not being concerned about “noise”

    He should be magnanimous, sharing gains with others.

    mz
    mikiesmoky@aol.com

      • Am I writing about Obama?

        Each of us stand on our own.

        Do you disagree with my assessment of Pres. Trump’s curious “style”?

        His hyperbole must be eliminated. It is foolish, at best.

        OLD ADDAGE: Under promise and over deliver.

        Rational tweaks are good.

        Thank you,

        mz

    • Who should he share them with? No one is helping him!

      President Trump did more for America and the American people in one year than the previous three presidents did in 24 years!

      Donald Trump is my AMAZING PRESIDENT and like he promised, president for all AMERICANS! President Trump is the best president ever and the most brilliant leader in the history of the world!

      Keep America Great! Greater than ever before! AMERICA and AMERICANS FIRST!

      Actions speak louder than words and President Trump’s actions speaks volumes for America and the American people!

      • Absolutely.

        Most good.

        The tax plan is horrendous.

        THE FOLLOWING REFLECTS BIGGEST REASON:

        ANY POLITICIAN PROMOTING “REPATRIATION” SHOULD GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL, i.e., DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200

        We are being told, by many politicians and commentators who represent themselves as being knowledgeable in economics and politics, that 2 to 5 trillion dollars of corporate profits are offshore and the mantra is that Congress should provide an incentive for corporations to bring home (repatriate) those profits for the purpose of stimulating our economic growth.

        The story is that corporations would have to pay a “penalty” if they were to repatriate those profits in the normal course of business. The “penalty” would be the income taxes they owe on those offshore profits.

        Why should a corporation’s offshore tax liability be called a penalty? Simple answer is that it is not a penalty and should not be characterized as a “penalty”. It is federal income tax, which has been deferred. Why has it been deferred? Congress passed legislation permitting subsidiaries, which operate and make profits offshore, to defer the federal income taxes assessed on that income until they pay dividends to the domestic parent corporation. That ability to defer taxes provides an advantage to these subsidiaries versus domestic operations, which doesn’t make any sense.

        This deferral “feature” enables offshore operations to defer payment of tax obligations, in perpetuity, which is an incentive for our multi-national corporations to produce offshore, to the detriment of domestic operations, which reduces our nation’s economics, including reducing our employment.

        In 2004, Congress legislated a “repatriation” holiday whereby those profits repatriated were assessed only 5.25% rather than the 35% owed, thus Congress benefitted these corporations to the detriment to U.S. taxpayers and negatively affected our national debt. The effect was to reduce the taxes owed by 85%. In essence Congress appears to have participated in an embezzlement of the taxpayers for the benefit of the multi-national corporations.

        The solution to this nonsense is to repeal the special dispensation provision given to multi-national corporations, which would benefit our economics, whereby, at the minimum:
        1. Corporations would pay their taxes on offshore profits.
        2. Eliminate this incentive to produce offshore.
        3. Reduce our national debt.
        4. Stops the conspiracy of embezzling from non-multi-national corporate taxpayers and the United States.
        5. Increase employment.

        Whereas this deferral “concept” is damaging to our nation, some of these same people are beginning to advocate for the complete elimination of federal taxes on offshore profits by promoting the concept of “territorial” taxation whereby taxes are only paid in the nation producing profits.

        ANY politician advocating the continuance of this deferral or total elimination of taxes on offshore operations should be charged with conspiracy to defraud and embezzle the United States of America.

        We, the People, have the right to believe that Congress should legislate laws that benefit our nation.

        It appears that Congress has stimulated the morphing of our nation from “Of the People, by the People, and for the People” to “Of, by and for corporations”, beginning with ERISA in 1974 (esoteric).

        In regards to “Main Street” and “Wall Street”, Congress must direct most, if not all, of its energies to “Main Street”. Wall Street is a derivative of Main Street. Since ERISA, the reverse has been done, i.e., the emphasis has been placed upon Wall Street.

        mz, Sep. 25, 2017
        mikiesmoky@aol.com

    • Why should he stop tooting his own horn….It is working for him and certainly the left has double down on trying to crush his success! Go Trump? We love what you are doing to MAGA.

    • Obama needed to be humble. He did NOTHING. I take that back, he did harm. His only 2 accomplishment were the Affordable Health Care Act (which was highly flawed and he was supposed to fix it. He didn’t) and Bin Laden was killed. However, that was the Navy Seals, not him.

      • Sadly, the Obama ADministration was materially net negative.

        Only time will reflect which was the worse Administration, his or Bush 2.

        My guess is that Obama will win that characterization, easily.

        Bush’s faux pas was Iraq. HORRIBLE.

        mz

  2. Harvard Harris Poll

    80% of American s want the border closed.
    70% Want a end to chain migration.
    68% want a end to the visa lottery program.
    79% of Americans say we need secured borders.
    54% of Americans want a wall on our borders.
    75% of Americans agree with Trumps agenda.

  3. The President just has to shed that “I’m almighty … I can do anything” tone of his. He needs to get down to real business instead of blindly signing documents which affect people’s lives and which he may or may not have read himself.

    • Absolutely should make adjustments in his “style”.

      Mitigate preaching to the crowd and work to “win” new hearts and minds.

      mz

  4. He has not lied by saying that *he* can Make America Great Again! I don’t always like his tweets, but I’m so tickled that he has no filter, that he says what he is thinking, and that whatever he blurts out is the truth he lives with. I love him more and more every day. Ivanka has even scolded her dad about his tweets and in the end says that he is the same way at home, the dinner table, family gathering, and business meetings. I don’t defend his tweets when someone brings them up in a way to demean or dishonor him, I just laugh and say “at least you know what he’s thinking”!

  5. PROBLEM: Unauthorized visitors

    DEFINITION: Unauthorized visitors are those persons who enter a country without legal authorization and those who overstay their authorized period.

    CAUSES, REASONS, AND PROVENANCE: The main reason for unauthorized visitors is that people want and hope to improve their lives and the lives of their families and will gravitate to those situations where the economics provide the incentives to make the change.

    DISCUSSION: I think all would stipulate that anyone has the right to attempt to better his or her conditions insofar as those efforts do not infringe upon the rights of others.

    Each nation has the right and obligation to establish immigration laws for the orderly and rational assimilation of authorized immigrants.

    Do the following comments provide justification for unauthorized immigration?

    1. Unauthorized immigrants are looking to better their situations.
    2. Unauthorized immigrants provide inexpensive labor and are hard workers.
    3. This Nation was built upon immigrants.
    4. It is virtually impossible to find and deport 12,000,000 unauthorized immigrants.

    The answers to the above four should be an unequivocal “NO”.

    If anyone disagrees with that, I will appreciate his or her reasoning for a “yes” response.

    RECOMMENDED “COMPREHENSIVE” SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM:

    A foolproof system must be devised, implemented, with substantial penalties for non-compliance that will verify a person’s legal authorization to work in the United States.

    The concept of “anchor babies” should be eliminated, either by a pragmatic interpretation of the 14th Amendment (displaced the disputed Civil Rights legislation of 1866, which was passed by Congress over Andrew Johnson’s veto, and which was proposed by Congress six months after the 13th Amendment had been ratified), by Congressional legislation in accordance with Section 5 of the 14th Amendment, or by a Constitutional Amendment, that could and should be passed by the House and Senate and ratified by the requisite 38 states within a year.

    There should be a $4.00 (arbitrary) per gallon increase in the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel, at the pump.

    A tax credit would be allowed any U.S. taxpayer (who possesses a valid driver’s license and submits proof of vehicle registration and proof of insurance) in the amount of $2,000.00 per year (10,000 miles @ 20 MPG = 500 gallons, thus, 500 X $4.00 = $2,000.00).
    Ancillary benefits would include that this federal excise tax would be collected from all visitors, authorized and unauthorized, and this would stimulate purchasers of new vehicles to demand more mileage efficiency, i.e., there would be no need for the government to force manufacturers to increase mileage efficiencies. The marketplace would be effective.

    Federal legislation should be passed that would eliminate all minimum wage laws. The “minimum wage” concept should be replaced with a massive expansion of the EITC regulations, which would cover all U.S. taxpayers who are older than 25 years of age.
    Another benefit would be that labor costs would be shifted from “above-the-line” to “below-the-line”, making our industries, which compete with other nations, more competitive.

    CONCLUSION: If the above changes were legislated, a substantial number of unauthorized visitors would conclude that it would be better to end their visits, since the economics of remaining in the United States, without authorization, would be substantially diminished.

    After a year, the situation should be reviewed and adjustment should be made to further the resolution of this serious matter.

    It is logical that a newborn should assume the nationality of the mother, regardless of the venue of the birth, therefore, the strategy of a mother, who has no authorization to be in the U.S., giving birth in the United States should be of no consequence.

    This is a nascent effort at offering a pragmatic and rational solution to this serious matter.

    NOTES: This will be a process, i.e., not an overnight solution. I will appreciate all comments, critical as well as supportive, with the former being most appreciated if rational reasons are included.

    At a Townhall Meeting a couple months ago, I gave a copy to my Congressman, Brad Sherman. Before I handed it to him, as I walked up to him, he yelled that I want to change how our government functions and that I have 17 different causes. We have had a number of discussions and he has NEVER disagreed with me. At a “coffee”, last year, he came up to me and whispered that he was closer to my ideas than any one else in Congress.

    Representative Sherman is possibly one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable people in Congress, but he does not appear to be that for which We, the People are begging, i.e., honest, balanced, and objective leadership.

    mz
    mikiesmoky@aol.com
    818.xxx.xxxx

    Representative Sherman is aware of this article, has promised a response and has failed to do so. Again…, We, the People are begging for leaders, not pure politicians who have embedded within their DNA the need to withhold the truth.

    mz

    Last modified – August 24, 2013

  6. Some here may not like Trump’s “style” but who cares… as long as he is getting the job done! And he is! I haven’t had this much confidence in America’s survival since Reagan!

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