The Lesser of Two Evil Midterm Elections

One often overlooked fact from 2016 is that 10% of all voters cast their ballot for candidate Trump despite believing he was unqualified to serve as president. Those voters selected the president because he was the lesser of two evils.

It is possible, perhaps likely, that many undecided midterm voters are now trying to decide which team is the lesser of two evils. With that in mind, it’s worth noting that only 35% of voters believe the country would be better off today with Hillary Clinton as president. That figure includes just 25% of Independent voters.

Overall, 41% believe things would be worse with Clinton in the White House and 25% aren’t sure that things would be much different. The president may not be all that popular but neither are his opponents.

That perspective explains why the migrant caravan is so challenging for the Democrats.  It’s an issue the president wants to talk about and the Democrats want to avoid. And, on this topic, the president is likely to be seen as the lesser of two evils. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters believe illegal immigration is bad for the nation. Sixty percent (60%) favor sending troops to the southern border.

Politically, the Democrats want the election to be a referendum on President Trump. The president wants to make it a choice between Republicans and Democrats on an issue that voters consider important.

Posted in Deeper Currents

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