Even though the media have largely focused on how fractured the GOP is and how Donald Trump has become the nominee despite a lack of unity in the party, the polls show otherwise.
If the GOP had succeeded in convincing voters to choose the establishment’s favored candidate – whoever that may have been – we would have had a truly fractured party. Just like it’s been for the better part of the last decade.
But of course, the media wouldn’t focus so much on that fracturing as long as the GOP establishment had gotten what they wanted. Now that they’ve been all but forced to hand over the reigns to Donald Trump – someone they never liked – the media can run with the narrative that the party is fractured, and Trump has failed to unify the party, yada, yada, yada.
Unified or not, the polls are showing that Trump is taking the lead.
The latest CNN poll – taken post-GOP convention – has Donald Trump leading the four-way race, 45 percent to Hillary’s 39 percent. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson garnered 9 percent of support, and the Green Party nominee Jill Stein got just 3 percent.
Even in a two-way matchup, Trump bests his Democratic rival by three points, 48-45.
Trump’s new edge rests largely on increased support among independents, 43% of whom said that Trump’s convention in Cleveland left them more likely to back him, while 41% were dissuaded. Pre-convention, independents split 34% Clinton to 31% Trump, with sizable numbers behind Johnson (22%) and Stein (10%). Now, 46% say they back Trump, 28% Clinton, 15% Johnson and 4% Stein.
Beyond boosting his overall support, Trump’s favorability rating is also on the rise (46% of registered voters say they have a positive view, up from 39% pre-convention), while his advantage over Clinton on handling top issues climbs. He now holds double-digit margins over Clinton as more trusted on the economy and terrorism. Trump also cut into Clinton’s edge on managing foreign policy (50% said they trusted her more, down from 57% pre-convention).
Clinton already had issues with trust, which were only exacerbated by the email scandal – a scandal which she was able to dodge thanks to her buddies at that Department of Justice and the FBI. Despite her dodging, people’s image of her continues to fall, with 68 percent now saying they don’t see Hillary as honest or trustworthy.
Now, we’ve got WikiLeaks revealing some of the DNC’s dark secrets with their emails, and Wasserman Schultz resigning because of the fallout. It was clear from the get-go that the DNC heavily favored Clinton, and wanted to promise federal appointments to Clinton’s biggest donors. And they wanted that nuisance Sanders out of the way.
The GOP tried doing the same thing to Trump, but their efforts failed. If anyone’s “fractured” at this point, it’s not the GOP. It’s the DNC. In politics, image is everything, and their image is falling apart.
The Republican base may not be completely on board with Trump, and in that sense not “unified,” but they are certainly unified in their opposition to party and political establishments.
Political parties – particularly the ones we have now running the show – will never be unified. They’re far too corrupt. Too many people see through the establishment’s façade of principled patriotism and see nothing but a lust for money and power – things that they will attempt to achieve by any means necessary.
Voters are increasingly seeing Trump as the answer to the establishment problem, as this CNN poll shows. Will he be able to make due on his promises as president? That remains to be seen.
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