Here comes the electoral pendulum swinging around, again.
The sheen of the conventions has dwindled into a well-deserved archaic haze and Donald Trump has “buckled down” into a more “acceptable” pose of respectability and restraint. The ever-important poll numbers show the Presidential race “tightening.” What was once touted by the MSM as a Clintonian blowout in recent weeks looks to be leveling out, at least for the moment, pending further national display of political or civil turmoil. Polls generate a momentum all their own and self-perpetuate subsequent polls; polls become the story and even the driver behind the unfolding dialogue in today’s survey-fetishizing news cycles.
USC Dornslife/LA Times (Clinton, 44.6; Trump, 43.4)
Pew (Clinton, 41; Trump, 37)
The race has settled into a subdued cacophony of morbid anticipation of the next spectacle of national tribulation, one that will further elicit behavior and commentary on the part of the candidates and thus, another propulsion of public opinion that will stoke the poll numbers into their next stage of entropy.
One thing we can be sure of, as always, is that a candidate is defined by what they epitomize of their backers’ greatest worries and pessimisms.
It’s not who the voters feel positively affirmed by, but rather, which candidate cements and campaigns on that which the voters hinge the country’s fate upon, as they see it. We are defined by our priorities, by a personalized hierarchical list of worries and frets. If my candidate shares the same list of national priorities, I will probably like that person.
We judge candidates by what he or she appeals to in our internalized brew of self-perceived threats to the homeland or cultural integrity.
Trump and Clinton supporters differ on the major issues they believe are important for the country. Trump supporters believe immigration (66%) and terrorism (65%) are “very big” problems, while Clinton supporters believe the gap between the rich and the poor (70%) and the environment (43%) are major issues facing the country.