An instant classic from the masters of the troll-poll genre, Public Policy Polling. I think the numbers here are a case of the respondents being in on the joke, offering a trollishly insincere answer to a trollish question, but I don’t know. Here’s what a local GOP chairwoman in Tennessee said recently when asked if there’s anything Trump could do to alienate her:
There’s very little that would change her mind about Trump.
“I don’t know what he would have to do … I guess maybe kill someone. Just in cold blood,” Pearson said.
That’s something, I guess. A hot-blooded, crime-of-passion killing? Possibly acceptable. In cold blood, though? That’s where decent people draw the line. Anyway, from PPP:
I know I speak for all of us when I say: Who are the four percent of Hillary Clinton voters who’d give Trump a pass for coming out guns blazing on Fifth Avenue? (Never mind the 14 percent of Gary Johnson voters. They’re libertarians. They’re weird by definition.)
The most fun questions in this poll, though, have to do with Russiagate. Here’s the split when voters last fall were asked whether Trump should resign if it can be proved that members of his campaign colluded with Russia to help him win the election:
I think that question’s trickier than it first appears. Much depends on what Trump himself knew, how high-ranking the colluders in his campaign were, and what precisely they did with Russia to give him a leg up. You don’t want the president forced out due to actions taken by an underling that he didn’t know about and that may not have had any appreciable effect on the outcome. But if he and Kushner were huddling with Russian intelligence on the best ways to use the DNC and Podesta material? Yeah, obviously. You could argue that the honorable thing to do would be to resign if you discovered members of your campaign had conspired with the Kremlin, whether you benefited directly or not. But c’mon, look who we’re talking about here. Resigning out of honor would be a total cuck move, the sort of thing — ugh — Mitt Romney might do.
Here’s my favorite question from the poll: Do you believe Donald Trump Jr had a meeting with a Russian lawyer to discuss opposition research on Hillary Clinton? Don Jr admits to this completely (now), of course, and there’s contemporaneous emails to back up the fact that it happened. And yet — not even a simple majority of Trump voters are willing to say that it happened:
Presumably that 32 percent of Trump voters who say no are simply not up to date on the news and answering blindly in the best interests of their guy. If the media says Don Jr had a meeting with a Russian lawyer, which would make the president and his inner circle look bad, it must be false, no? Relatedly, PPP polled people on whether they trust Trump more or various news outlets — CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the NYT, and WaPo — more. The most striking thing about the results is how consistent they are, varying only slightly from outlet to outlet between 11 percent and 14 percent in terms of Trump voters who trust them more than they do the president. That’s as solid an indicator as you could hope for in gauging the share of hardcore anti-Trumpers within the GOP. No surprise that when asked whether Russiagate is “fake news” or not, exactly 14 percent of Trump voters say no versus 72 percent who say yes.
One more result for you, just because. Trump vs. Mark Zuckerberg in 2020: Pure toss-up.
Eh. By 2020, the United States will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon. The president will just be a glorified secretary to Emperor Jeff Bezos.
Here’s Trump in better times exulting in the total loyalty of his most devoted fans. A Twitter pal asked a good question this morning: What are we to make of the fact that Trump believes, with some reason, that he could literally kill someone and pay no price politically for it among his base, and also believes that meeting with the “Russian government” to dig up dirt on his opponent is nothing to apologize for, and yet he remains fiercely secretive about his tax returns? What the hell could be in those returns that would make a guy who’s otherwise convinced he can get away with anything so paranoid about them being disclosed?