President Donald Trump’s approval ratings in Dixie are moving up.
A new NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll reveals that 54 percent of voters in the South approve of Trump’s presidency so far.
This survey of voters in 11 southern states revealed that 38 percent of voters said they “strongly approve” of Trump’s administration, while 16 percent said they “somewhat approve.” This is slightly higher than September of last year, when his approval rating was at 52 percent.
These numbers are also higher than Trump’s national approval rating. NBC News reported last week that Trump’s national approval rating had risen to 48 percent.
There was considerable variation in Trump’s approval ratings. In Alabama, Trump has a 60 percent approval rating. On the other hand, 48 percent approve of the Trump administration in Georgia.
Southerners are content with the state of the economy. 72 percent of respondents stated that the Trump economy is “very good” or “fairly good.”
More Southerners even think that race relations are improving in their states. Twenty percent said they’re improving, while 14 percent believed so back in September. The number of people who said relations are worsening dropped substantially, going from 44 percent in September to 34 percent in the most recent poll. 44 percent claimed that race relations are “about the same.”
51 percent of voters in Mississippi said they would like to see the Supreme Court strike down Roe v. Wade. Earlier this year Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill prohibiting abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
This poll was conducted from July 2 to July 16 in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Despite the media hand-wringing, Trump is uniting people across the spectrum. At the very least, he is still maintaining his support in the South, a region many said he would not win during the Republican primaries due to Trump supposedly not having bona fide social conservative credentials.
Based on these numbers, the South should be a lock for Trump.
The real electoral battles will be in the Midwest, where Trump shocked the world in 2016 when he pulled off victories in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?
Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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