Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of Its Own Destruction

Will President Trump’s assault on the norms underpinning constitutional democracy permanently alter American political life?

On a daily basis, Trump tests the willingness of the public to accept a president who lies as a matter of routine. So far, Trump has persuaded a large swath of America to swallow what he feeds them. …

Trump has flourished at a time when trust in basic institutions — organized religion, banks, medical services, Congress, the media, government, you name it — has eroded. His presidency is a product of this erosion, but it is also proving to be an accelerant of the process. CONT.

Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times

Public Sees U.S. Trade Policy as Not Serving Public, But Multinational Corporations

In a two wave trend line poll conducted shortly after the election and then again this month, seven in ten US voters consistently said that US trade policymakers give too little consideration to the American people, people like them, or the American economy, but do fully take into account the interests of multinational corporations. CONT.

Program for Public Consultation, School of Public Policy, U. of Maryland

Dissatisfaction With Government, Direction of U.S. Persists

Americans’ satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has fallen to 21%, the lowest point since July 2016. Dissatisfaction with the government remains at the top of the list of most important problems in the country. CONT.

Megan Brenan, Gallup

President Trump Legacy May Be as One of the Worst U.S. Presidents

Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump. In fact, few U.S. residents think President Trump’s tenure will be remembered as a positive one. Nearly six in ten Americans, 58%, believe Mr. Trump will be remembered as either one of the worst presidents in the nation’s history, 42%, or a below average leader, 16%. CONT.

Marist Poll

Most want focus on making the health care system work

With the start of open-enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges around the country fast approaching, nearly six in 10 Americans say the Trump administration is doing too little to make sure the nation’s health insurance system works the way it should, according a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

A similar 60% say that trying to make sure the current health insurance system works should be a higher priority than trying to replace the current system with something else. CONT.

Jennifer Agiesta, CNN

UT/TT Poll: Texas voters familiar with Cruz but not Democratic rival O’Rourke

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is much better known among Texas voters than his best-known political rival, Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

The incumbent faces some headwinds: 38 percent of voters said they have favorable opinions of Cruz, while 45 percent have unfavorable opinions of him. In O’Rourke’s case, 16 percent have favorable views and 13 percent have unfavorable views. CONT.

Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

UT/TT Poll: In Texas, vast majority of Republicans still support Trump

Donald Trump remains highly popular with Texas Republicans nearly a year after his election as the 45th president, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. …

His popularity with Texas Democrats, on the other hand, is remarkably low. While 79 percent of Republicans said they approve of the job the president is doing, 92 percent of Democrats disapprove. Among independent voters, 55 percent handed Trump good marks, while 35 gave him bad ones. CONT.

Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

As Senate Weighs Bipartisan Stabilization Bill with Cost-Sharing Reduction Funding, Current Marketplace Enrollees Face Challenges with Affordability

As the Nov. 1 start of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period nears, new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that most potential enrollees are unaware of when they can enroll and have not seen any related advertisements.

Fielded prior to yesterday’s announcement of a bipartisan marketplace stabilization deal in the Senate that among other things would increase outreach funding, the survey highlights key gaps in knowledge among people who are uninsured or who are current marketplace enrollees. CONT.

Kaiser Family Foundation

Why High-Profile Events Like Mass Shootings Often Don’t Lead To Policy Change

… The idea that events should change policy is appealing. After each incident of gun violence in the U.S., someone retells Australia’s story. Twelve days after a mass shooting there in 1996, the legislature took up anti-gun measures, including a buyback program and various restrictions on the types of guns that could be sold. But in the U.S., gun control policy has often appeared impossible to pass at the federal level: A common response after Las Vegas seemed to be, “If nothing changed after Sandy Hook, nothing will change now.” Does public opinion — and, as a result, the policy process — actually respond to events? Let’s look at a few schools of thought in political science and public policy. CONT.

Julia Azari (Marquette), FiveThirtyEight

Democrat Northam has seven-point edge over Republican Gillespie in Virginia gubernatorial race

Virginia voters give Ralph Northam better personal ratings and prefer him on the issues — and that puts the Democrat ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor’s race.

Northam is up seven points over Gillespie among Virginia likely voters (49 percent vs. 42 percent) in the latest Fox News Poll. His lead is right at the poll’s margin of sampling error (± 3.5 percentage points). CONT.

Dana Blanton, Fox News