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Don’t Worry About Donald

I know it’s fashionable to get worked up over Donald Trump.  Even I let my emotional nature get the best of me briefly when the Trumpster said the U.S. should ban the entry of all Muslims into the United States.  Of course he had to back step that comment somewhat when it came to U.S. citizens, (that pesky Constitution)  but still he got everyone all worked up.

The political experts say Trump is popular because he taps into a certain voter anger that wants to “Make America Great Again.”   Well, I did a little checking into those “voters” and here’s what I found.  Contrary to popular belief, Trump isn’t really all that popular.

Yes, he polls on average about 23-27 percent of the likely GOP voter.  But you have to break that down.  The most recent Gallup survey showed Republicans were about 28 percent of the electorate. So on a good day, the Trumpster has the support of about 25 percent of 28 percent of the total voting population which equals seven (7) percent of the complete electorate.  And I am being generous here because not all Republicans vote in a primary.

But let’s take that seven percent and compare it to some other numbers.  First of all, conventional wisdom says 10 percent of the population is crazy, so there’s that.  Second, I went back and found my list of things that poll higher than 10 percent.  Here they are…

  1. Congress
  2. Richard Nixon during Watergate
  3. Lawyers (present company excluded, of course)
  4. Legalized Marijuana.
  5. The IRS
  6. Anti-Semitism (It polls at about 15%)
  7. Jar Jar Binks (Sorry Star Wars fans)
  8. Cockroaches
  9. Donald Trump (yes, pre-Presidential candidate Trump beat new Trump)
  10. Nickelback
  11. Lice
  12. Toenail Fungus
  13. Used Car Salesmen

And here’s some food for thought, 30 percent of Americans believe in bigfoot.   This is why I don’t get worked up over Trump.   I do worry that we don’t spend enough on mental health care in this country.



  • malercous

    Considering that Trump consistently leads in the polls, your commentary is an even worse indictment of the other candidate’s popularity. I’m sure, many of them would love to be as popular as lice or cockroaches.

    If I were a Republican I’d be very concerned about Trump, but as a Democrat I totally love the guy. Maybe the GOP will have a better chance in 2020. (If ya’ll can fix that Electoral College problem by then.)