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Gauging popularity


Prior to the president’s 100-day report to the nation, the cable news outlet I was watching compared the relative personal popularity of Presidents Biden and Trump after 100 days in office to the popularity of other modern presidents after their first 100 days.  

Both men rated low in personal popularity, and the commentators opined that Biden’s and Trump’s low numbers are attributable, in large part, to the badly divided politics in our country.  

I’m sure the commentators are right, but they also noted that the policies being pursued by President Biden are significantly more popular with voters than is he. 

For a moment, I allowed myself to imagine a world in which voters cast their ballots based on a candidate’s positions on issues, rather than on his, or her, political party affiliation or personal charisma. 

Wouldn’t it be great if folks asking for our votes felt a need to actually produce meaningful results to remain in office? 

Instead of simply opposing all ideas of the other party, wouldn’t it be fine if Republicans and Democrats understood that working together to build consensus on issues makes for far better laws than simply refusing to acknowledge any position but our own?  Oh, well, one can hope.

Ken Scruggs