Only 28% approve of Trump’s response to Charlottesville

President Donald Trump moves out of his difficult Charlottesville week and into his national address on Afghanistan policy tonight with a poor but stable job performance rating and still-weaker grades for his handling of the neo-Nazi-fueled unrest – with vast gaps across groups.

Additionally, 9 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll call it acceptable to hold neo-Nazi or white supremacist views, equivalent to about 22 million Americans. CONT.

Gary Langer, ABC News

How Big Is The Bannon Wing Of The Republican Party?

… After Bannon was fired, he said he was going to “war” against the president’s enemies, including some in the administration itself. Bannon, moreover, represented a clear ideological wing within the Trump White House and in the GOP electorate more broadly. If Bannon wages a media campaign against Trump, or if Bannon’s departure leads the White House to turn away from Bannon’s nationalist agenda, how much political trouble could Trump have? Put another way: How big is the Bannon wing of Trump’s coalition? CONT.

Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight

Women Are A Huge Reason Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are So Bad

Women are more enthusiastic than men about the idea of a Trump impeachment, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. Nearly half of women — 47 percent — believe President Trump should be impeached, compared with 32 percent of men.

Not only that, but women are a big reason why his approval rating is so low, Gallup data show. Women approve of Trump far less than they have approved of any other president at this point in his administration in at least the last 64 years, according to data collected since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Men, meanwhile, are within the historical norm. CONT.

Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR

The Showdown Over How We Define Fringe Views in America

… The country hasn’t extinguished racism. But society — universities, employers, cultural institutions, the military — has made clearer over time that people who hold racist views had better nurse them off in the corner.

But these norms may be fraying. … The president’s critics fear that he is inviting white supremacists out of the corner, helping ideas that have become widely reviled in America to be redefined as reasonable opinions — just part of the discussion.

“They are explicitly trying to do that,” Tina Fetner, a sociologist at McMaster University in Ontario, said of members of white supremacist groups. Until recently, they were ignored. But now the president is repeating their memes and the distorted versions of history that prop up their views, she said. As a result, the news media is broadly covering them, too.

“This is exactly the process of how social change happens,” Ms. Fetner said. CONT.

Emily Badger, New York Times

Americans Say Axis of Evil Still … Evil!

Immediately following President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address in January 2002, in which he branded Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as constituting an “Axis of Evil,” Gallup surveyed Americans’ favorability toward various countries (it has done so annually since 2000). Not surprisingly, Americans’ perceptions of these countries in early February 2002 reflected the president’s disposition: Iran’s favorability was 11%/84%; Iraq’s was 6%/88%; and North Korea’s was comparatively better off at 23%/65%. Fifteen years later, and perhaps not surprisingly, Americans’ perceptions of these countries remain largely negative. CONT.

Kyle Clark, Public Opinion Strategies

Private Schools First, Public Schools Last in K-12 Ratings

As another school year begins, Americans believe private schools provide students with the best K-12 education of five different types of schools in the U.S. The 71% who rate the quality of private school education as excellent or good exceeds the ratings for parochial, charter, home and public schooling, in that order. CONT.

Lydia Saad, Gallup

No, Trump’s support hasn’t collapsed, but yes, he’s increasingly alone

In the annals of the modern presidency, few chief executives have been as alone as President Trump appears now — shunned by major business leaders, at odds with his party’s congressional leadership and deeply estranged from more than half the nation.

Polls taken in the past week, since Trump made comments that seemed to make excuses for neo-Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., have shown the negative reaction.

But they’ve demonstrated something else as well: Like other embattled presidents, including even Richard Nixon at the height of Watergate, Trump continues to hold the support of a hard core of determined backers. CONT.

David Lauter, Los Angeles Times

Democrats Need a Message, Not a Program

Democrats are in terrible shape. Republicans control all three branches of government in Washington, 34 of 50 governorships, and 68 of the 99 state legislatures.

As they plot a comeback, Democrats have one obvious asset: the reckless presidency of Donald Trump. That’s not enough to close such a huge gap. And the battles that have started to rage inside the party over policies to promote and strategies to pursue are mostly missing the point. CONT.

Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg View

Is Kid Rock Popular Enough in Michigan to Win?

Kid Rock, the provocative musician who calls himself the “Pimp of the Nation” and peppers his lyrics and political rhetoric with unprintable language, wouldn’t exactly be a typical Senate candidate.

But, at least right now, the rocker’s popularity ratings aren’t dramatically different from other more traditional politicians in his home state of Michigan. CONT.

Carrie Dann, NBC News

Trump’s Approval Rating Stands Below 40% in Three Key Midwest States

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls.

In addition, Democrats enjoy double-digit leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania on the question of which party voters prefer to control Congress after the 2018 midterms, and they hold an 8-point advantage in Wisconsin. CONT.

Mark Murray, NBC News