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Answers to NYT poll's Trump-focused questions say more about Democrats than Trump

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The latest New York Times poll asked respondents several questions about former President Donald Trump. Interestingly, the answers revealed more about Democrats than anything about Trump himself.

What are the details?

The latest New York Times/Siena College poll asked respondents several Trump-focused questions to gauge the sentiment of registered voters.

The poll discovered, for instance, that Trump's approval and disapproval remains within the same range that it always has been in for years: 44% of registered voters approve, while 53% disapprove.

What's the significance of that? As the New York Times inadvertently pointed out, the much-covered Jan. 6 hearings failed to change voters' perceptions.

"That level of Trump support has effectively been unchanged since the last Times/Siena poll, which was fielded in July amid televised hearings by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. It was also fundamentally similar to levels of support Times/Siena polls and other surveys found in recent years," the Times reported.

Interestingly, persuading voters and impacting the 2022 midterm elections was a purported key motivation of conducting the hearings on primetime television.

Meanwhile, the poll also found that voter perception of Trump's signature achievements remains broadly positive.

From the Times:

Many of Mr. Trump’s signature policy proposals have remained fairly popular among the public, the September poll found. Half of all respondents favored a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, including more than 15 percent of those who said they would vote for Mr. Biden in 2024. And a majority said they agreed more with the Republican Party than with the Democratic Party when it came to illegal immigration.

What is the significance?

Even though Trump is no longer president, Democrats still believe they are running against him. Look no further than President Joe Biden's attacks on "MAGA Republicans," whom he claims threaten American democracy.

Thus, what the New York Times poll reveals is that Democrats' campaign against Trump is not working. Despite their best efforts, they are not persuading voters against Trump nor his policies.

In fact, recent trends show that voter interest in issues like immigration and the economy continues to increase while interest in issues like abortion and the investigation into Trump, including the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, is dropping.

Republicans sure appear to be well-situated for November, especially considering that polls could be once again overestimating support for Democrats.

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