Gallup polls on Trump’s approvals; moral acceptability of Mormans

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    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    President Donald Trump has now officially finished his first six months in office, making it a good time to look at where his ratings stand vis-à-vis his predecessors.

    We know that the political polarization in Trump’s ratings is higher than for any other president for whom we have numbers. And, we now have enough data to look at Trump’s job approval across the states of the union.

    There is a wide gap.

    Trump has majority approval in 17 states of the union, although most have relatively small populations. Including West Virginia and the two Dakota’s. In 17 other states of the union — many of whom have larger populations — including California and New York, Trump has below 40 percent approval.

    New Jersey and Delaware are among the 17 states in which Trump has lower than 40 percent approval. And as is usually the case, Pennsylvania comes in right at about the national average.

    A new Gallup analysis shows that views of polygamy as morally acceptable have been creeping up, and are now at 17 percent. Almost three in 10 of those who don’t have a religion say it’s morally acceptably; Mormons are no different that Protestants or Catholics.

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