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Donald Trump’s polling is and always has been abysmal. Yet what journalists have routinely focused on is the fact that some 35 percent-40 percent of the country continues to stick by him no matter what he does. The fact that Trump can ridicule a war hero (even in death), demonstrate unmistakable signs of mental decay, continually spout blatantly racist and anti-Semitic tropes, disparage women, hail dictators, spurn allies, threaten the world order, single-handedly send the global financial markets into a death spiral, and yet maintain that bedrock base of support is the ultimate “man bites dog” story that journalists just can’t resist.

But the overhyped narrative of “Trump does X, supporters still swoon” has obscured a trend that’s getting more pronounced by the week: Trump’s negatives are soaring on multiple issues and in a succession of polls and voting blocs.

Democratic strategist Bruce Gyory recently pointed out Trump’s declining stock several weeks ago in smart piece declaring that “Trump should be afraid. Very very afraid.”

First, there’s been a noticeable uptick in Trump’s disapproval ratings in multiple polls. A recent Fox News poll, for instance, showed his disapprovals rising from 50 percent to 56 percent, and an even more recent AP-NORC poll registered his disapproval rating at 62 percent (among his highest disapprovals to date in that poll). But as Gyory noted, Trump’s Fox numbers revealed he was underwater in nearly every demographic except for white men:

64 percent among independents, 53 percent among men, 46 percent among white men, 53 percent of those older than 45, 61 percent among suburban women (59 percent of women overall), and 55 percent among whites with a college degree.

And here are Pew’s demographic disapproval numbers:
48 percent among whites, 55 percent among men, 79 percent among Hispanics, 58 percent among Catholics, 55 percent of those with some college but not a four year degree as well as 55 percent of those with a high school degree or less, 55 percent among seniors

But Trump has also been taking a beating on nearly every issue area other than the economy, where his numbers are still fairly underwhelming. Here are just a couple of notable top lines from recent polls:

  • 56 percent of Americans believe race relations have worsened since 2016.
  • 56 percent of voters say that Trump deserved either a great deal or some blame for the mass shootings sweeping America over the last few years (including 34 percent who gave Trump “a great deal of blame”).

Even Trump’s approval on the economy is sliding, with a recent WSJ/NBC News poll finding that just 49 percent of voters approve, while 46 percent disapprove—a marked decline from the 51 percent – 41 percent edge he enjoyed in May.

All of these numbers are of a piece with several polls earlier this year showing 55 percent-plus of voters pledging to vote against Trump in 2020. “In the final analysis, Trump is on the verge of losing the country,” Gyory wrote, which seems like a reasonably sound assessment of what the polls are telling us.

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When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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