More Americans lean Republican as Trump wows at SOTU

 A stunning finding in the Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed that 48% of Americans are now identifying as Republicans or leaning toward the GOP, compared with 44% Democratic identification or leaning.

This is a significant shift in partisan sentiment in favor of Republicans ahead of the November presidential election. Recent Gallup polls had shown voters more evenly divided along partisan lines and the Democratic Party held advantages in the poll for most of 2019.

It also found that 51% of the public views the Republican Party favorably, the first time the GOP’s number has exceeded 50% since 2005. The public’s positive opinion of the Democratic Party slid to 45%, a slight dip from 48% in September, according to Gallup.

On the day that the country waits in anticipation for President Donald J. Trump to be acquitted of two politically-motivated articles of impeachment, the economic news has his approval rating soaring and indeed, the State of the Union is strong.

Private payrolls added 291,000 jobs in January, the best month since May 2015, according to ADP and Moody’s Analytics. The number was twice as much as economic forecasters had projected. Nonfarm payrolls have also grown by 6.7 million since Trump took office in January 2017.

All three major indexes were higher Wednesday morning as the stock market continued its longest bull market ever.

President Donald Trump proudly touted the expansion of jobs during his first term at his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country,” the president said. “If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witness to America’s great economic success,” he bragged.

“This is our glorious and magnificent inheritance,” the president said. “America’s the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise, and here on this land, on the soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true.”

The raft of good news for the president on the eve of his acquittal may have contributed to the mental breakdown of California Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during his speech.

The demonic lawmaker, dressed in angelic white, unceremoniously tore up a copy of the president’s speech, perhaps realizing she may have made the greatest and most embarrassing political blunder in history, impeaching a president to prop up her party’s fortunes. It was also a childish bid to upstage the president in the aftermath of his address.

Bitter Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York tweeted: “President Trump’s speech tonight was much more like a Trump rally than a speech a true leader would give. It was demagogic, undignified, highly partisan and in too many places, untruthful.”

Trump was also celebrating the highest approval rating of his presidency recorded by Gallup. Sixty-three percent of Americans now approve of the way Trump is handling the economy, up six points from the prior reading in November. It is the highest economic approval rating for Trump, and for any president since George W. Bush. Trump’s approval rating has been stuck in the mid to low 40s throughout most of his presidency in this poll.

The poll also reported that 59% of respondents say they are better off financially than one year ago, while 74% say they will be better off financially one year from now. These are a significant majorities, crossing party lines, and the highest figures ever reported for these questions in Gallup’s 43 years of polling. These polling numbers have risen significantly since Trump became president.

 This is yet more evidence that Pelosi’s gambit to destroy the reputation of the president and divide his political party ahead of the election has failed catastrophically.