Nearly 6 In 10 Americans Say They Don’t Recognize Their Country Anymore

As many Americans mourn the perceived demise of their America, alienated, fearful and angry voters are turning to Donald Trump to reverse the changes they see around them.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 58 percent of Americans no longer identify with what America has become under the Obama administration. The figure for Obama’s own party was 45 percent, while among Republicans, those no longer identifying with what they see around them is 72 percent.

The poll also found that 53 percent of all Americans feel like a “stranger in their own country.”

“They look around and wonder where it all went,” wrote commentator Steven H. Ahle. “Illegal aliens have money and benefits tossed at them, while our veterans live on the streets and wait a year to receive medical treatment when they need it.”

“Men who dress and act like women are given revered status, while a true American hero like Chris Kyle is reviled as a coward.  College has become the enemy of free speech,” Ahle wrote.

Which, analysts say, explains Donald Trump’s establishment-bucking appeal.

“Trump’s candidacy taps into a deep, visceral fear among many that America’s best days are behind it. That the land of freedom, baseball and apple pie is no longer recognizable,” wrote Cliff Young and Chris Jackson in an analysis accompanying the poll.

“Trump’s rise in the polls can only be understood in context of the profound economic and cultural change in America,” they wrote. “On the one hand, many people are scared about their economic future and that of their children as the rate of economic displacement increases with the globalization of cheap labor and technological innovation. The America Dream for many is a distant, foreign concept,” they added.

“On the other hand, many people no longer recognize the America of their grandparents—an increasingly nonwhite and correspondingly more liberal country. This is scary for many Americans,” they wrote.

h/t: Conservative Firing Line

Trump Just Said Eight Words That Strike Fear Into The Heart Of Every Republican

Since the early days of Donald Trump’s unconventional White House bid, many Republicans identified a potential and inherent threat his campaign posed to the party. Should he not secure the GOP presidential nomination, critics warned, he could launch a third-party campaign that would likely secure a Democrat victory.

“If he runs as an independent,” Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway said in August, “conventional wisdom is that he will guarantee Hillary Clinton wins.”

Though he sparked criticism at the beginning of the first primary debate, identifying himself as the only candidate willing to consider a third-party run, he subsequently assuaged some fears when he signed a party loyalty pledge.

Following a recent ABC interview, however, those worried about a rogue Trump campaign have new cause to fear. Asked if he is still committed to supporting the eventual GOP nominee, he replied:

I’m going to have to see what happens.

He went on to explain that his decision depends on his perceived treatment by those within the Republican Party.

“When I did this,” he said of signing the pledge, “I said I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine.”

Trump concluded that he is looking for a “level playing field” in the primary. According to early polling data, however, he noted that planning an exit strategy is premature.

“I’m leading every poll by a lot,” he said. “It’s not even a little bit anymore – it’s a lot.”

h/t: ABC News

There Was Just A BIG Shakeup At The Top Of The Republican Field

There has been a shakeup in the Republican presidential primary race after months of it essentially being a two man show at the top.

A new NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll shows Donald Trump now firmly back on top with 28 percent support; however, Ben Carson has now dropped back to second place in a tie with Ted Cruz, both coming in at 18 percent.

The poll results mark the first time the Texas senator has placed in the top tier of the crowded Republican field. The only other candidate who comes in close in the poll is Marco Rubio, showing 11 percent support.

Image Credit: NBC News

Image Credit: NBC News

The nationwide survey was made up of a large sample of 2440 Republican and Republican leaning voters.

“Ben Carson is still the preferred candidate of 25% of white evangelicals, but Donald Trump (23%) and Ted Cruz (22%) have clearly eaten away at what used to be the main pillar of Carson support. Among those who identify as very conservative, Ted Cruz now has the highest level of support, with 40%, overtaking both Carson (15%) and Trump (28%),” NBC News reports

Image Credit: NBC News

Image Credit: NBC News

Cruz is coming off strong performances in the last two Republican debates, including the highest scoring line ever recorded by a Frank Luntz focus group.

The senator has also gained press in recent days for his strong disagreement with President Obama’s plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States. The president appeared to call out Cruz in remarks earlier this week, calling his position “shameful” and “un-American.”

The Texas firebrand challenged Obama to debate him on the issue and called on him to have the courage to “insult me to my face.”

Revealed: The Stunning Thing That Happened To Ben Carson Right After Media’s Assault On Him

A new poll finds that Ben Carson weathered the media’s “vetting” of him over the last few weeks very well, with the majority of respondents finding him even more trustworthy.

The poll conducted for the Independent Journal by Google Consumer Surveys asked those surveyed to choose on a scale of 1-to-5 how they viewed Carson’s trustworthiness following the media’s questioning of his background.

Nearly 50 percent indicated on the 1-to-5 scale that they trusted the candidate more, while only 15 percent reported trusting him less. The view of 35 percent remained unchanged.


Image Credit: Independent Journal

Image Credit: Independent Journal

As reported by Western Journalism, Politico published a piece last Friday charging Carson with fabricating an account in his autobiography of turning down a “full scholarship” to West Point. Additionally, CNN ran a story conveying that the candidate’s account of his violent early teenage years could not be validated.

The candidate strongly defended his biography, charging both Politico and CNN with trying to propagate a “bunch of lies” about him. Carson reiterated the charge at this week’s Republican debate, stating, “I have no problem with being vetted. What I do have a problem with is being lied about and then putting that out there as truth,” which drew strong audience applause.

Carson told the New York Times last Friday, “I don’t remember all the specific details. Because I had done so extraordinarily well you know I was told that someone like me – they could get a scholarship to West Point. But I made it clear I was going to pursue a career in medicine.” He added, “It was, you know, an informal ‘with a record like yours we could easily get you a scholarship to West Point.’”

A Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Friday specifically asked respondents whether their view of the candidate changed as a result of the West Point story.

According to Reuters: “After hearing the report questioning Carson’s recollections about the scholarship, 39 percent of Republicans said they had a less favorable view of him, with 26 percent saying it was ‘somewhat’ less favorable and 13 percent saying it was ‘much’ less favorable. 

“The majority of Republicans polled, 51 percent, said the issue made no difference and an additional 10 percent said it gave them a more favorable view.”

h/t: The Washington Examiner

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Trump Just Got The Best News He’s Received In A Long Time- His Opponents Will Cringe

When it comes to the topic of immigration, you may not be surprised to find that a new poll discovered that Republicans trust Donald Trump more than any other candidate on the issue.

A new YouGov poll found that Trump was far and away the most trusted candidate concerning immigration among the still large field of GOP candidates for president.

About half of of those polled, 49 percent, said that Trump had the right ideas on immigration. These findings are significant considering months of attacks by the mainstream media trying to tear Trump down over the immigration issue. His ratings have only gone up, currently placing at 49 percent, up 14 points from July.

Perhaps what is most notable is that no other candidate surpassed 11 percent.

“Half of Republicans view Trump as the candidate who can best handle immigration, more than four times the percentage who name Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of immigrants, who is in second place, far behind Trump. Only 5 percent believe former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would do the best job on immigration,” poll analysis found.

The poll was particularly bad for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush whose rating on immigration cratered since July. In July, 11 percent of respondents thought Jeb was good on immigration, but now, four months later, only five percent feel he is good on the issue.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio saw the opposite result. In July he hovered at 6 percent thought Rubio was right on immigration, but he has now reached 11 percent.

The issue took center stage at this week’s GOP debate as other candidates tried to attack Trump over the issue. But if these polls are any indication, attacking Trump on immigration is not going to help the candidates with Republican voters.

Still, the poll also found that Republicans are far and away more worried about immigration problems than other segments of the electorate.

“Republicans are far more likely than the rest of the public to view illegal immigration as a very serious problem for the country (70% of Republicans say it is, compared with 46% overall),” the poll said. “And many also believe illegal immigrants are more likely than others to commit violent crimes (49% of Republicans versus 29% overall). 57% of Republicans believe immigration from Mexico has a negative impact on the U.S. economy; 37% of all adults do.”