Slovakia Gay Bar Terrorist Inspired By Buffalo Shooter + More News

Juraj Krajcik (via Twitter)

Some news items of interest:

The Advocate: Police in Slovakia have recategorized the deadly shooting at a gay bar in Bratislava that left two dead as a terrorist attack. Investigators say the killer cited the Buffalo supermarket shooter as his inspiration for committing terrorist acts. Continue reading “Slovakia Gay Bar Terrorist Inspired By Buffalo Shooter + More News”

Majority Of Texans Feel The State Is On “Wrong Track”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (screen capture)

From power outages to infrastructure issues to the hospitals pushed to capacity thanks to COVID-19, Gov. Greg Abbott’s approval rating has taken a beating as polling from the Texas Politics Project finds 52% of respondents feel Texas is on the wrong track.

That’s the highest negative rating ever since TPP began asking the question in 2009. Continue reading “Majority Of Texans Feel The State Is On “Wrong Track””

News Round-Up: May 24, 2021

Screen capture from CBS News magazine 60 Minutes
Screen capture from CBS News magazine 60 Minutes
(screen capture via CBS News)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: The CBS News magazine 60 Minutes is being excoriated for a story on transgender health care because of its focus on people who regret transitioning. GLAAD called the report “shameful.”

Marvel Studios: Check out the newly-released teaser trailer for The Eternals, the much-anticipated project for the Marvel Cinematic Universe which will, among other things, feature Marvel’s first openly gay super-hero. Brian Tyree Henry will play “Phastos” who is not only gay, but married with children. In theaters November 5.

Texas Tribune: Texas lawmakers have approved a bill that will allow citizens to carry handguns without a license, background check, or training. A recent poll, however, shows a large majority (59%) don’t believe handguns should be allowed in public without a permit.

Instinct Magazine: Lady Gaga’s iconic album Born This Way is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. To commemorate and recognize its cultural impact, the City of West Hollywood officially declared May 23 as “Born This Way Day.”

Rasmussen Reports: The daily tracking poll from Rasmussen shows President Biden with 54% approval rating (43% disapproval rating). The firm is known for being a right-leaning outfit. Rasmussen regularly showed “the former guy’s” approval rating much higher than other polling firms.

Instagram: Actor Elliot Page shared this photo today (impressive abs!) with the caption, “Trans bb’s first swim trunks #transjoy #transisbeautiful”

AP Poll: Biden’s Overall Approval Rating At 63%

First Lady Jill Biden watches as President Joe Biden signs legislation into law
First Lady Jill Biden watches as President Joe Biden signs legislation into law
(photo: public domain/White House)

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey shows President Joe Biden with garnering strong support.

From AP News:

In the fourth month of his presidency, Biden’s overall approval rating sits at 63%.

When it comes to the new Democratic president’s handling of the pandemic, 71% of Americans approve, including 47% of Republicans.

Additionally, 54% say the country is on the right track, more than any AP/NORC polls since 2017.

Forty-four percent say the country is on the wrong track.

Broken down along party lines, Democratic voters approve of Biden by 96%, while his approval rating is 63% among independents. Not surprising in this deepening partisan divide, just 23% of GOP voters approve of Biden’s job performance.

It goes without saying that the ‘former guy’ never got close to numbers like these.

Biden Implores Governors To Reinstate Face Mask Mandates

President Joe Biden asks governors to reinstate face mask requirements before pandemic surges again
President Joe Biden asks governors to reinstate face mask requirements before pandemic surges again
President Joe Biden (screen capture)

During an event today announcing wider coronavirus vaccine eligibility, President Joe Biden called on “every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate – please.”

“This is not politics,” Biden emphasized. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down. And businesses should require masks as well. The failure to take this virus seriously — precisely what got us in this mess in the first place — risks more cases and more desks — deaths.”

“We’re in the life-and-death race for the virus that is spreading quickly, with cases rising again, new variants are spreading,” added Biden. “And, sadly, some of the reckless behavior we have seen on television over the past few weeks means that more new cases are to come in the weeks ahead.”

Hours after Biden’s speech, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a White House briefing that while the nation has “much reason for hope,” she added, “but right now I’m scared.”

“I am asking you to just hold on a little longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be here when this pandemic ends,” said Walensky.

According to the New York Times COVID tracker, over the past week there has been an average of 63,204 cases per day, an increase of 15 percent from the average two weeks earlier.

Biden also announced he’s directed his COVID team to make sure there’s a vaccine site within 5 miles of 90 percent of Americans by 3 weeks from today.

In related news, the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey found that 71% of voters approve of how Biden has reacted to the pandemic, an increase of 3 points since February.

Biden’s overall job approval stands at 61 percent with a relatively low disapproval at 39 percent.

Biden’s Approval Rating Continues To Rise As Vaccinations Increase

President Joe Biden in the Oval Office
President Joe Biden in the Oval Office
President Joe Biden (image via Flickr/WhiteHouse – public domain)

With the passage of the COVID relief package in Congress plus the increase in vaccinations for the coronavirus, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday shows the number of Americans who approve of President Joe Biden continues to increase.

From Reuters:

The March 17-18 national opinion poll found that 59% of adults in the United States approved of Biden’s overall job performance, while 35% disapproved and 6% said they were not sure.

The number of adults who approve of Biden is up by about 4 percentage points since a poll that ran in late January, and the increase is largely due to a rise in Biden’s popularity among independents.

About six in 10 independents said they approved of Biden in the latest poll, up from about five in 10 who felt the same way in January.

Read the full article here.

As some right-wing pundits discussed with glee Biden tripping on the steps of Air Force One, this tweet pretty much summed up the situation for me:

Gallup: Trump’s Approval Rating Craters At 34%

Fifty-four percent of Americans believe Donald Trump should be impeached

The last Gallup poll to report on Donald Trump’s approval rating shows the 45th president will leave the Oval Office with a dismal 34 percent approval.

The number of Americans who disapprove of the job Trump has done has skyrocketed to 62 percent.

Those are Trump’s worst numbers in the weekly tracking poll. His average job approval over 4 years is 41 percent.

Donald Trump's approval rating has plummeted to 34 percent
(screen capture via Gallup)

It won’t be good news to Trump to learn that he lags far behind other recent presidents at this point in their time in office.

At this point in their first terms in office, the three most recent presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton – all fared much better in terms of approval rating.

Obama was at 54 percent, Bush was at 52 percent, and Clinton enjoyed 62 percent approval from the nation.

Of course, it goes without saying that all three of those men served two terms in the Oval Office.

See the graphic below.

Donald Trump's approval rating is much lower than his recent predessessors

As I recently reported, Trump’s approval rating hit another all-time low over at Pew Research which showed a sad 29% approval.