Okay, I know, enough with the “stormy” puns. Especially bad ones like the one above. But I couldn’t resist, okay?
Voters believe adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.
They believe her claim that she and Donald Trump had sex before he ran for president, and that Trump has been unfaithful to his wife. Only a third think the president is honest. More than half think he has low morals.
But a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted after Daniels’ appearance on “60 Minutes” this weekend, suggests that despite that litany of sins, the Daniels revelations are unlikely to significantly alter Trump’s political standing.
The president’s approval rating — 42 percent in this week’s poll — remains largely unchanged from 44 percent last week. Fewer voters support beginning impeachment proceedings against Trump than last year. And voters are split on whether Trump should even answer Daniels’ assertions at all.
Taken together, the data suggest Trump’s past behavior with women is already known among voters — and many are willing to overlook it.
That’s exactly right. It’s the same thing that happened with Bill Clinton. Republicans assumed they had a political coup with the Monica Lewinsky case, which they assumed would finally disgust Americans and turn voters against him. Instead, as the impeachment proceedings loomed in November 1998, Democrats picked up five seats in the House.
Voters have either made their peace with Donald Trump or not, and they don’t need new information to understand who he is, even if Washington journalists fall into a frenzy over every salacious detail that emerges about his past.