The above is from new polling sponsored by the New York Times. A couple of takeaways.
Many Republicans Appear to be Suffering from Cognitive Dissonance. Bigly.
One may assume, I think, that the 25 percent of Republicans unwilling to confess “trust” in generic “medical scientists” make up a large portion of the 66 percent of Republicans who claim to “trust” Donald Trump on the coronavirus. Subtracting 25 from 66, we get 41 percent of Republicans who claim “trust” in BOTH Trump and generic “medical scientists.” That means that 41 percent of Republicans, i.e., 17 percent of the U.S. population, are seriously, seriously confused in their thinking.
There are many things one might say about this information. Pollyanna told me she concludes that Trump’s support has a ways yet to drop, as we continue to experience the ravages of the virus.
Others Remain Hard Core Cultists
Apart from the many Republicans suffering from painful cognitive dissonance, we learn that 25 percent of Republicans don’t have trust in generic “medical scientists,” 29 percent don’t trust the Centers for Disease Control, and 49 percent don’t trust Dr. Fauci. These percentages represent, respectively, 10 percent of the U.S. population, 12 percent of the U.S. population, and 20 percent of the U.S. population.
Further strong evidence on the portion of our population that is not confused, but is, rather, batshit crazy.
The Asymptote of Trump Support
The 20 percent cultists and the 17 percent who are very confused add up to 37 percent. That could turn out to be the asymptote of Trump support.
As I said, Pollyanna thinks it could go lower than that. But then, she is Pollyanna.
Meanwhile, Some Straws in the Wind
And we have it on allegedly good authority that Trump knows he’s headed down the crapper.