Call it the glass floor. It is invisible and yet seemingly so impenetrable. What gives? Liberals spit out the words through clenched teeth: “What will it take to make those uneducated Red State morons finally change their minds? What atrocity must Trump commit that will actually lower that approval rating?”
Contrarians at our core, it is our duty and burden here at BTRTN to challenge the premise and reframe the question.
Then there’s the second explanation for a significant percentage of Trump’s intransigent base: single issue voters. Single issue voters are a fascinating phenomenon: they care so intensely about one particular issue that they will make their voting decision on how candidates line up on that issue and that issue only. They will essentially ignore everything else – qualifications, morality, integrity, everything – in order to vote in a person who sides with them on the only issue they care about.
A Gallup survey says that a stunning 17% of Americans are single-issue voters on the matter of abortion rights, and that a higher percentage of pro-life voters are “single issue voters” (21%) than “pro-choice” voters (15%). So right off the bat you have a large group of voters who would cast their ballot for any Presidential candidate whose name is next to the box marked “Republican” because of the party's stance on abortion. Why, these people would even vote for Donald Trump.
A mathematician writing commentary for ABC News identified that fifteen percent of voters are “single issue” voters on the issue preserving their right to bear arms. Those favoring their absolute right to hunt with an AR 15 are much more likely (by a factor of four to one) to be single-issue voters than those who seek restrictions on gun ownership. Let’s hope those Parkland kids can change those stats.
Donald Trump will indeed remain unfailingly popular with all those people who love him because he is the redeemer of their sins. But come November, Donald Trump will learn exactly how small that number really is.
Once again, friends, it all comes down to the mid-terms. If we want to see a death spiral in Donald Trump's approval rating, he must be revealed to be a toxic loser in an historic mid-term defeat.
If you are frustrated by the glass floor, that is how to shatter it.