Thursday, October 27, 2016

Polls and Debates Created Trump — Then Made Him a Loser

Donald Trump used the primary debates to dominate and often belittle his opponents and propel his candidacy. Polls provided his favorite rationale for his legitimacy. Regardless of how incorrect, ill-informed or inexperienced he appeared, the fact that one-fifth — climbing later to two-fifths — of Republican primary voters supported him was his main talking point for why he should receive the nomination and lead the party.

But in the three general election debates his candidacy crumpled. After nearly closing the gap with Clinton before the first debate, his poor performance, seen by 84 million viewers, reinforced his ill-preparedness and undisciplined mind and behavior. Any momentum he had built stopped, and he fell back four points in the polling averages in five days.

He lost the second and third debates as the national and battleground states’ polls continued to slide away. The main takeaway from the second debate was his promise to investigate Clinton (or as his crowds chant, “lock her up). And, in the final debate, he announced that due to the “rigged” system, he may not concede.

After all three debates, the Republican Party is more divided than ever, and a significant portion of Republican leadership regrets its nominee. Trump’s weak polls and poor performance have caused the party to focus on saving the down ballot races.

Trump’s debate performance, reinforced by polls, turned against him in the end.

See Politico story: Donald Trump’s favorite pollsters

1 comment:

Dave Barnes said...

The Party of G[r]OPers needs to die.
Hopefully, something uplifting will rise in its place.