In just four days, the former President Donald Trump arrives to Iowa for one his charismatic rallies. According to some polls, he’ll be greeted with a warm reception.

” Former President Donald Trump will be back in Iowa on Saturday with higher favorability ratings than ever before, despite being in the public eye and flirting with another White House bid,” reports the Des Moines Register.

“The latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows 53% of Iowans now have a favorable view of the former Republican president and 45% have an unfavorable view — his best showing ever on either metric in the Iowa Poll. The Register also stated that another 2% were not sure what their feelings are about Trump.

” Trump is reengaging with the state that will likely kick-start the 2024 presidential nomination process for Republicans. They also show that their favorable feelings for him have not diminished in his absence,” the paper said.

The Iowa Poll of 805 U.S. adults was conducted Sept. 12-15 and released Monday.

“At an era when Iowans have high-leveled their support for Trump, negative feelings towards Joe Biden and his 2020 rivals have fallen to new lows. Thirty-seven percent of Iowans have favorable feelings toward the president, and 61% have unfavorable feelings, his worst marks in seven Iowa Polls dating to 2012,” the Register concluded.

FOR LEXICON

“Independent departures.”

This handy phrase was identified by Reuters and could be popular soon.

“Unexpected events at U.S. military bases housing Afghan evacuees. Two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters that many hundreds are leaving the country before they receive U.S. resettlement services.

” The number of ‘independent departs’ that top 700 has never been reported. Reuters reported that the phenomenon is alarming immigration advocates who are concerned about the dangers to Afghans who abandon what is now an open-ended complex and voluntary resettlement process.

THE DIPPING AND SLIPPING CONTINUES

“Dipped” appears to be the current term used to gauge public approval ratings for President Biden . According to a variety of news agencies, those ratings have also fallen, slipped, and tanked.

Polls by NBC News/Washington Post and National Public Radio were conducted by PBS, Morning Consult and Ipsos.

The Associated Press released the most recent poll to gauge public sentiment towards the president.

“Biden’s approval slumps after a slew of crises,” the AP said, noting that 50% of U.S. adults still approve of the president — down from 54% in August and 59% in July.

Among Democrats, his approval fell from 92% to 85% since July, among independents, it went from 62% approval to 38%. Only 11% of Republicans give Mr. Biden the nod.

“Approval also dipped somewhat among both white Americans (49% to 42%) and Black Americans (86% to 64%),” the AP said.

In addition, 34% of the respondents now approve of Mr. Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, while 34% say the country is headed in the “right direction.”

The AP-NORC poll of 1,099 adults was conducted Sept. 23-27.

ANDREW Yang’S THIRD-PARTY

Andrew Yang has said he is done with the Democratic Party, and is looking for an alternative. Former presidential candidate and New York City mayoral candidate Yang has stated that he is now ready to find a new party.

” I changed my voter registration from ‘Democratic’ to ‘Independent’ today. In a long blog post, Mr. Yang described the experience as “strangely emotional”.

It explored his political history and support for high-profile Democrats like former Presidents Bill Clinton , and Barack Obama .. It was revealed that Yang had been friends with local Democratic heavyweights, as well as such Democratic politicians like Sen. Cory A. Booker Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg , and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke .

” I am blessed with dozens of close friends and confidantes who have a deep connection to the Democratic Party. My entire life I have been a Democrat. “But, I am confident that not being a Democrat anymore is the right thing,” Mr. Yang stated.

“I feel that breaking up with the Democratic Party is the best thing because I believe this will have a greater effect on the world. Are you right? Let’s see. “We are all in this together,” Mr. Yang concluded later.

His latest book, “Forward: Notes about the Future of Our Democracy”, arrives Tuesday.

Publisher Penguin Random House referred to it as “a vibrant and bold blueprint to move beyond the era of institutional failure by transforming outmoded economic and political systems to be resilient for twenty-first century problems .”

So, will we see Mr. Yang run for the presidency again as an independent candidate?

” Third party presidential campaigns don’t often translate well into actual voters, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him on 2024 at the national stage,” says Nate Ashworth , founder, editor-in-chief for Election Central, a political news website.

POLL D’HOME

56% of U.S. adults “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove of the job the U.S. Congress is doing; 74% of Republicans, 61% of independents and 42% of Democrats agree.

17% overall say they neither approve nor disapprove of the job Congress is doing; 11% of Republicans, 18% of independents and 22% of Democrats agree.

15% overall “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job Congress is doing 7% of Republicans, 11% of independents and 28% of Democrats agree.

13% overall are not sure how they feel about the issue; 7% of Republicans, 10% of independents and 8% of Democrats agree.

SOURCE: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 26-28.

Helpful information to jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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