Normally, during a party convention, the party’s presidential candidate gets a bump just because of the attention and focus on him/her.
But given the absolutely dismal fail that the Democratic virtual convention has been – failed ratings, the endorsement of radical BLM movement and the crazy postal conspiracy theory, Barack and Michelle Obama both telling audacious lies – one can’t expect much of a bump.
But the candidate apparently did get a bump. President Donald Trump, that is.
According to the Rasmussen poll, it was Trump who got the bump and went up four points in just 24 hours.
President Trump's approval rating bounces UP 4 points to 51% in just 24 hours.
— Andrew Clark 🎃 (@AndrewHClark) August 20, 2020
Triple checked – @realDonaldTrump daily job approval % is up sharply today on exceptionally strong overnight results.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) August 20, 2020
The numbers jumped up from 47% approval before the DNC convention to now 51%.
But this isn’t the only positive movement. Several polls have shown Trump making up ground over the past few weeks.
In a state where one might have thought he probably didn’t have a chance of winning, Minnesota, a suddenly it appears he does. While a Republican hasn’t won there since 1972, even with the big Reagan landslide in 1984, Trump came within a couple of points in 2016.
The Trafalgar Group poll shows Biden and Trump tied at 47 percent, with Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian candidate at 4 percent in Minnesota. At the end of July, the poll had shown Trump trailing by 5 points. This poll was conducted over the first and second days of the DNC as they were endorsing the BLM and pretending violent rioters were “peaceful protesters.” In Minnesota where they lived the violence first hand, this isn’t going to go over well as dealing in reality. Democrats presented no policy as to how they might protect people or improve their injured economic status, just cobbled together visuals of trying to appeal to interest groups including people talking about abolishing police, prisons and capitalism at a time when people want to be assured of their personal and economic security.
Been saying it for awhile now but keep an eye on MN. It’s hard to overstate how rough the fall of Minneapolis is politically to Dems in the suburbs. https://t.co/NEwzFt1lsP
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) August 20, 2020
President Trump visited Mankato, Minnesota last week and gave a rousing speech pledging to bring more jobs to the state and stop the country from being taken over by the “radical left.” He lost Minnesota in 2016 by only 44,000 votes.
That speech was attended by at least 150 supporters, cheering wildly for the president and waving “Make America Great Again” flags while the DNC broadcast their festivities entirely online, with no live spectators. The lack of crowd interaction and support throughout the convention has been a sticking point with some voters.
Chief pollster for the Trafalgar Group Robert Cahaly said the results of his poll showed what he believed to be a “hidden Trump vote” that has been skewing other national polls in favor of Biden.
That’s a big thing too that polls are not necessarily accounting for, that “hidden Trump vote” of folks who might not say that to a poll worker but will pull the lever for the president. How big that is, is not clear, but it’s out there and it likely means that Trump is ahead in Minnesota. That may also be a precursor of other places like Wisconsin.