There’s Something Happening Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear

The rock group Buffalo Springfield wrote their great anti-war song For What It’s Worth in the mid-1960’s when America was in the middle of the Vietnam War and struggling to find a new definition of national identity. The surprising emergence of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee suggests America is again at a crossroads in defining our national identity.

Trump’s campaign is unconventional

One need not admire nor approve of Mr. Trump to appreciate how dramatically he has reshaped American politics over the course of the past 18 months. He has run a campaign that has ignored the political playbook and left countless ‘experts’ at a loss to explain his appeal to the voters.

Trend over the past week has turned toward Trump

Nevertheless, that appeal cannot be denied. Roughly 40% of America feels that Donald Trump is the best choice for President. The ever-changing polls show that a slightly higher number of voters feel that Hillary Clinton would be the better choice were the election held today, but her lead has been steadily shrinking over the past two weeks. Indeed, two respected daily tracking polls show that Trump has gained the lead in the past week. The Reuters Daily Tracking Poll had Trump ahead of Clinton by one point in its 5-day rolling average and the USC/LA Times daily poll for September 5 had Trump ahead by two points – 44.7% to 42.7%.
The polls will change daily between now and Election Day. Nevertheless, they are useful in identifying trends, and right now the trend shows that the American public is not as ready as America’s media to write off Donald Trump.

Most Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction

What fuels Trump’s appeal is an overall dissatisfaction with the leadership of the country. Various polls that measure how people feel about the direction of the country portend bad news for the average politician. According to the most recent Real Clear Politics average polling data for the month of August, 63.3 percent of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction while only 28.3 percent feel America is on the right track. The last time the polls showed that Americans believed the country was on the right path was back in June 2010.
The public does not view either Clinton or Trump favorably. In the most recent Gallup poll, 57 percent of the public had an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 61 percent held an unfavorable view of Donald Trump. It seems a race to the bottom, not to the top.
Combining the high level of dissatisfaction with the direction of the country and the highly unfavorable view of both candidates, the election may come to the lesser of two evils in the eyes of many voters. Trump, for better or worse, represents the more dramatic voice for change than does Hillary Clinton, who has been a familiar face in American politics for the last quarter century.

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  1. Dusty Ray Beard

    People are tired of the way these so called normal politics have been done or years with all the under the table corruption tax payer money being funneled into politicians family members accounts or some kinda slush fund that most of them have their hands in .. Kinda funny they start off broke as hell but end up rich and living the good life off our hard earned money while people that worked all their lives being taxed and paying social security to end up getting crumbs to live off of in their later years.. People cant get good health care anymore being told what drs they can see or being given medicine that they cant afford or they refuse to give it to them ... People are tired of this so called politically correct system we have they dont wanna call it what it is because then they will get cought with their hands in the $$ pot or they get punished or black balled by the current corrupt system... Trump speaks his mind he tells it like it is not some sugar coated bullcrap politically correct cover up ... The people in out governmentbthat are against Trump is against him for 1 reason and 1 reason only Trump vowed to expose their corruption which will put alot of these evil people behind bars that does not care 1 bit about any american but about how fat thier bank account is gonna get.. News medias slander Trump because they have their hands in that dirty pot as well .. Im sick of busting my ass for a living and seeing older people going on social security that they have paid all their lives and being told oh you will get $700 a month and you cant have this or that that they worked for all their lives to have so the current system can give their money to illegals or fund terrorists... And the way out veterans are treated is a complete disgrace