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Trump's approval reaches new high

by Nicholas Mazur - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Feb 13th 2018 06:00 pm

Trump and egotism are, at this point, a staple of the “President Trump” experience. According to Time, Trump’s approval rating recently reached the highest it has been during his presidency. Throughout the past year it has skated somewhere between 35 and 45 percent. Recently, however, it rose to 49 percent. Trump, unable to contain his vigor of self-love, took to Twitter to share his jubilation with the world, and his dismay that the media did not share in his enthusiasm. Time also reported on a Gallup poll which showed that Trump is the second most admired man in America, right behind Barack Obama.

However, I’m sure much to Trump’s disappointment, his approval dropped somewhat after that, due to his comments about sexual assault victims and false accusations. The Washington Post reported that his approval with women specifically, Which has always been less than amicable, has dropped since his comments. As analystists crunch those numbers, I’m sure they’ll figure out the correlation between trying to discredit women and women not liking Trump sooner or later.

However, from state to state, and overall, his approval      is still getting media attention for how high it is compared to what it has been in the past. So what can account for this rollercoaster? Is Trump just saying wild things to watch his approval rating spike and dip? What's going on behind the White House doors?

I think, funny enough, Trump’s approval rating has less to do with Trump and his actions and more to do with the people approving or disapproving of him and his actions as the president. That’s right; this time it’s not all on Trump. Savor the moment when he’s not totally to blame.

The problem that I see a lot of the time is that people are unwilling, even without them realizing sometimes, to listen to people they disagree with. People are quick to say, “I'm open to new ideas, I listen,” but it seems that they rarely carry such claim into practice. It brings to mind the idea that you should never talk about religion and politics. That idea comes from the history of people being belligerent and unwilling to accept ulterior viewpoints, both on the conservative end of the spectrum as well as the liberal.

So then, what does that have to do with Trump’s approval rating? Excellent question, faithful reader! I think the answer, as best as I can muster, goes a little something like this: when people are unwilling to share ideas, when ideology becomes stagnant and isolated, political groups do as well. I've spoken on this subject in this very section, but it's worth digging at again. The people who support Trump are willing to view things that way. Trump is the best and most of what he does is good, if not great. People who hate him are unwilling to view anything he does as good. Everything he does is evil and terrible (granted, a good chunk is pretty bad).

What we get from this dichotomy is two groups vying to make their voice and their views the most prominent ones. So when Trump does something like bash women and their credibility, his approval rating is going to go down, because the people who hate him will do what they do best. When he does something else, the people who love him will boost his approval back up. 

Since there is such a prominent group of Trump lovers in America, that explains his high approval rating despite sudden dips. I think the media can sell an evil Trump better than a good one. You shouldn't trust the full breadth and depth of the evil Trump story you're being sold. Approval ratings are just numbers. They can’t substitute for a media literate, observant and truly open minded public. 

An approval rating shouldn't be the call bell for people to start blindly praising or bashing Trump. If we keep clasping so tightly to the “us vs. them” political mentality, then we’re going to get absolutely nowhere.

 

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