By Dave Andrusko
There are numerous ways to gauge which way the wind is blowing, and at what speed. One is fundraising, another is polling data.
By both measures, pro-life President Donald Trump has the wind at his back—big time.
Despite her every effort to minimize the President’s much improved status among female donors, POLITICO’s Gabby Orr has to grudgingly concede Mr. Trump’s fundraising appeal among women has dramatically improved. The underlining is mine:
Donald Trump won the presidency with just 42 percent of the female vote in 2016. But his fundraising showed an even bigger gender disparity: Only 28 percent of the 350,000 individual donors who gave to his campaign were women.
Trump’s 2020 operation has worked hard since then to change those numbers. And new fundraising data shows they’re finally getting results.
Women accounted for nearly half of Trump’s 2020 campaign contributions in the first three months of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s a striking increase from the 2016 election cycle, when women accounted for just over a quarter of his campaign contributions, and well above the norm for modern GOP presidential nominees.
Orr then recycles old stories to diminish the importance of the breakthrough before coming back to
But Trump officials and top Republicans are celebrating the fundraising shift as evidence that, as an incumbent president, Trump can win over women in greater numbers than he did as an insurgent candidate.
“We’re clearly making huge strides,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump’s 2020 campaign. Murtaugh specifically cited the campaign’s first quarter fundraising numbers showing a roughly 50-50 split between the sexes in the donations of $200 or more that must be reported to the Federal Election Commission. Overall, Trump’s campaign raised some $30 million during the quarter.
Orr spends the rest of her op-ed masquerading as a news story telling readers that it’s not all sunshine and roses for the President, as if anyone ever said it was.
Then there is the remarkable ongoing uptick in President Trump’s approval numbers. Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw today quoted the results of the latest Zogby poll which has the President’s number over 50% (“above water,” in the idiom):
A new Zogby Poll® of 852 likely voters nationwide in the U.S., conducted from 5/2/19-5/9/19, with a margin of sampling error of +/-3.4 percentage points, shows President Trump’s job approval rating at its best since we’ve been tracking the figure. Currently, he stands at 51% approve/48% disapprove, while 2% are not sure.
This follows a Monday post by Hot Air columnist Allahpundit, which ran under the headline “Trump’s Average Approval Rating Reaches Highest Point Since February 2017.” First paragraph read
On Friday he touched 45.1 percent in the RCP [Real Clear Politics] poll of polls. Today he’s up a tick to 45.3. The last time he had seen 45 percent in RCP was February 21, 2017.
For comparison purposes, for 2001, the third year of Obama’s first term, his approval numbers were mostly in the low 40s a good part of the year.
And that was with slavishly positive coverage from the “mainstream media.”