Just days after Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropped out of the GOP race, a new poll has emerged that has Donald Trump running neck and neck with presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.
But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed. Trump also now does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 41% support to Clinton’s 39%. Fifteen percent (15%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This is the first time Trump has led the matchup since last October. Clinton held a 41% to 36% advantage in early March.
The question now is will that lead hold or not. From the way things have started, I suspect that Trump will simply gain in popularity, especially once he starts pouring several hundred million dollars of his own money into the campaign against Hillary. The real estate businessman has been self-funding from the beginning.
The percentage points for margin of error was +/-3 with a 95% level of confidence. So, the polling basically puts the two candidates in a virtual dead heat. if the election were to be held today.
It’s interesting to note that Trump has support from 73% of Republicans and 15% of Democrats, while Clinton is backed by 77% of Democrats, but only garners 8% of Republicans.
Rasmussen comment on those numbers and says, “…given this matchup. Republicans are twice as likely to prefer another candidate.”
While I don’t have a dog in the fight between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton, I do have to wonder at the hypocrisy of many in the GOP who’ve always told us to “vote for the lesser of two evils,” but somehow have joined a #NeverTrump crowd. These are big “conservative” talking heads and radio show hosts. The problem I really have is that when many of us have pointed out the liberal candidates of the GOP like John McCain and Mitt Romney, we were always told that we would be cry babies and stay at home or worse, actually vote for another candidate who actually held our principles and be told that we were handing our vote to the Democrats. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. So, I ask, where are you guys at and why are you not sticking to those squishy compromising principles you talk about?
The famous 19th century preacher Charles H. Spurgeon once advised Christians:
“Of Two Evils, Choose Neither”
McDurmon wrote on Wednesday:
After the episode in 2012, I sat down and wrote an article explaining how political conservatives (including Christians) have always suffered from a self-defeating pessimism, and also why they always act as if national-level defeats for some reason spell utter despair for freedom and Christian values in society. The article was entitled, “It’s time for radical, long-run optimism.” It explains the two main things that cripple Christian conservatives: a pessimistic view of end times, and a confused (unbiblical) understanding of “Left versus Right.”
Every word of that article is just as relevant this morning, and you need to read it. It will give you the key to overcome evangelical despair and to survive the Trumpocalypse.
Not only is every word of that article relevant, but it shows you why the leadership of nearly every conservative and/or Christian pundit out there (yes, your favorite one, too) who has been leading people in these throes of pessimism, compromise, confusion, and defeat, is to the same extent irrelevant, and yet we keep listening to them.
Let’s see if there is anyone out there who will actually take the time to read McDurmon’s piece and evaluate themselves in light of it. I conclude with the words of Stonewall Jackson.
“Duty is ours, consequences are God’s.”