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View Poll Results: April Presidential Poll: Biden, Trump or ?
Biden 64 83.12%
Trump 5 6.49%
None of the above, third party, Planet X, etc. 8 10.39%
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Old 16th April 2020, 07:56 AM   #1
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April Presidential Poll: Biden, Trump or ?

I'm going to run a poll each month down to the November election. This isn't to determine how this forum leans; I think we all pretty much know how that goes already. This is to see how support for each candidate changes from month-to-month. This poll runs through the end of the month, and I'll start a new one May 1.
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Old 16th April 2020, 08:00 AM   #2
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I hope Biden wins. Because of that I'm going to bet money on Trump to win. But I can't in good conscience vote for him.
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Old 16th April 2020, 08:11 AM   #3
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I voted Biden because I despise Trump both as a president and as a person. But the fact that the only two viable choices are old white men that have been accused of sexual assault really pisses me off.

Normally, when faced with two crummy (IMO) choices for any executive office, I write myself in, but like 2016, I can't waste my vote so frivolously.
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Old 16th April 2020, 08:16 AM   #4
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I voted Biden because I despise Trump both as a president and as a person. But the fact that the only two viable choices are old white men that have been accused of sexual assault really pisses me off.

Normally, when faced with two crummy (IMO) choices for any executive office, I write myself in, but like 2016, I can't waste my vote so frivolously.
Voting for the least bad is wasting it.
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Is this a poll asking who we want to win, or who we think will win?
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It's going to be Biden. Biden is up in the Democrat Trifecta, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He's neck and neck in Florida too. Biden can either win the Rust Belt or win Florida and any other swing state. DeSantis hurt Trump in Florida, with him publicly making decisions on Trump's lead and the WWE debacle.

Additionally, Trump can't do rallies in the age of Covid 19 and he's getting no bump from how's he handling the pandemic. He had a short-lived surge and is now tanking.

Trump should have taken a lesson from Winston Churchill. Churchill told the British people that he had nothing to offer them but blood, sweat and tears and loved him for it. Trump called Covid 19 a hoax and we all stopped paying attention to him.
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Trump should have taken a lesson from Winston Churchill. Churchill told the British people that he had nothing to offer them but blood, sweat and tears and loved him for it. Trump called Covid 19 a hoax and we all stopped paying attention to him.
They'd be saying he was recklessly spreading panic and that it was racist because the blood, sweat and tears would disproportionately be African American.
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I think you're mostly going to learn the extent to which people care to answer your poll on a month to month basis here.

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They'd be saying he was recklessly spreading panic and that it was racist because the blood, sweat and tears would disproportionately be African American.
Well, true. You can't be Trump and then suddenly be Winston Churchill. That's the dumb ****'s problem though.
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I hope Biden wins. Because of that I'm going to bet money on Trump to win. But I can't in good conscience vote for him.
What if the election is called off. Do you lose your money?

I'm not declaring support for any candidate in case I jinx the result.
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Voting for the least bad is wasting it.
Voting for the least bad pretty much characterizes my entire 40+ years of participation in the electoral process. But I think protecting us from government by the most bad is not a waste.
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A vote for non of the above is a vote for Trump.
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You canít vote for more than one candidate.
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Well, true. You can't be Trump and then suddenly be Winston Churchill. That's the dumb ****'s problem though.
Pretty sure Churchill was seen as something of a dangerous ****-up prior to the war. The differences may not be that big.
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Pretty sure Churchill was seen as something of a dangerous ****-up prior to the war. The differences may not be that big.
Boy. You're rejecting a lot in order to narrow down to the point of potentially inferring equivalence.

Yeah, Churchill's Gallipoli gamble was a bad one. His enthusiasms could lead to bad outcomes. But look at the character of the men, their motives, their work ethic. There is a yawning gulf.
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Boy. You're rejecting a lot in order to narrow down to the point of potentially inferring equivalence.

Yeah, Churchill's Gallipoli gamble was a bad one. His enthusiasms could lead to bad outcomes. But look at the character of the men, their motives, their work ethic. There is a yawning gulf.
It wasn't just Gallipoli, but that is a big part of it. Their motives and character depend on who you ask and at what point in the story you ask them. Somehow despite being the prototypical great leader at the end of the story, one could easily have made the case for Churchill being a risk taking, alcoholic war-mongering nationalist motivated by personal glory, stoking conflict because of a need for money who hadn't realized that the world had changed around him.

I don't see anything from the example of Churchill that makes it impossible for Trump to be highly regarded 80 years from now. We have to wait for events to play out.

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It wasn't just Gallipoli, but that is a big part of it. Their motives and character depend on who you ask and at what point in the story you ask them. Somehow despite being the prototypical great leader at the end of the story, one could easily have made the case for Churchill being a risk taking, alcoholic war-mongering nationalist motivated by personal glory, stoking conflict because of a need for money who hadn't realized that the world had changed around him.

I don't see anything from the example of Churchill that makes it impossible for Trump to be highly regarded 80 years from now. We have to wait for events to play out.
Churchill was all of that until his death. He was also an intelligent leader. Trump isn't. There's simply no comparison, and trying to force one is ludicrous. Trump won't be highly regarded in 80 years. Hopefully, and if there is any justice in the world, he will be in jail after finishing his term.

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It wasn't just Gallipoli, but that is a big part of it. Their motives and character depend on who you ask and at what point in the story you ask them. Somehow despite being the prototypical great leader at the end of the story, one could easily have made the case for Churchill being a risk taking, alcoholic war-mongering nationalist motivated by personal glory, stoking conflict because of a need for money who hadn't realized that the world had changed around him.

I don't see anything from the example of Churchill that makes it impossible for Trump to be highly regarded 80 years from now. We have to wait for events to play out.
The main impediment with the Stupid Bitch in Chief being highly regarded 80 years from now is that he's a complete failure.

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Churchill ... was also an intelligent leader.
I'm not sure that is what people would have said in the 30s.
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The main impediment with the Stupid Bitch in Chief being highly regarded 80 years from now is that he's a complete failure.
Perhaps, but the game isn't over. If we asked the question of Churchill in the 30s, or when the war was going badly... we'd get a different answer. The key thing is that he was correct about Germany, everything else stems from that. We have to see how China, Globalism, Climate Change, and a whole load of other things play out to know how Trump will be judged.

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I'm not sure that is what people would have said in the 30s.
They most assuredly did not doubt that he could tie his shoe-laces. Not so with Trump.
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Perhaps, but the game isn't over. If we asked the question of Churchill in the 30s, or when the war was going badly... we'd get a different answer. The key thing is that he was correct about Germany, everything else stems from that. We have to see how China, Globalism, Climate Change, and a whole load of other things play out to know how Trump will be judged.
No, because while Churchill had a vision and followed it, inspiring people to follow him, Trump has no vision and no plan. He's fumbling in the dark. Best case his only legacy will be a country that is a bit less than it was when he took over. There is simply no comparison between the two, aside for them both being elderly white (almost anyway) men. Making such a comparison is frankly insulting.
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A vote for non of the above is a vote for Trump.
I didn't vote in the poll, but this is literally false.
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I'm not sure that is what people would have said in the 30s.
You mean when he wasn't leader but a mere back bench MP? Yes when Donald Trump was a mere candidate maybe you could delude yourself that he would be more presidential if he won, but we have had 3 1/2 years to evaluate his leadership qualities and he has none, indeed the best summation of his Presidential conduct is 'raving lunatic'.
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No, because while Churchill had a vision and followed it, inspiring people to follow him,
Why didn't people follow him in the 30s? Isn't it more like he had been selling the same vision for quite a while and it was only when events proved him right and caused the establishment narrative to collapse that people came around.

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Trump has no vision and no plan.
With respect to what? It seems pretty clear that there are competing visions of a globalist future with trans-national bodies, like the UN and the WHO and trump is selling a more localised, national vision. Is that not a vision? It might be the wrong vision, but it's a vision.

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He's fumbling in the dark. Best case his only legacy will be a country that is a bit less than it was when he took over. There is simply no comparison between the two, aside for them both being elderly white (almost anyway) men. Making such a comparison is frankly insulting.
You are only saying that because Churchill ended up being proved correct about Germany and went on to be on the winning side in the war.

Nobody knows how these things are going to play out. If you insist on assuming that your side is correct about all the big issues, then I agree that with that assumption Trump will certainly prove to have been in the wrong.
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You mean when he wasn't leader but a mere back bench MP? Yes when Donald Trump was a mere candidate maybe you could delude yourself that he would be more presidential if he won, but we have had 3 1/2 years to evaluate his leadership qualities and he has none, indeed the best summation of his Presidential conduct is 'raving lunatic'.
Everybody knew what Churchill's policies and views were. They'd also seen him in action. The only reason people were won around to him was because events and history shifted. He stayed pretty much the same, the exact same qualities that caused people to have a low opinion of him before the war caused people to have a high opinion after. The establishment view of how history was going to play out and judge everybody was proved wrong.

Half the voting population, give or take, disagrees with you about the President. If you axiomatically assume that history will judge you correct and them wrong, then there is really nothing more to be said.

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I don't see anything from the example of Churchill that makes it impossible for Trump to be highly regarded 80 years from now.
No, just no. Trump can't change. There is no wise, honest, intelligent and reliable person in there that he just surpresses for whatever reason. The corona crisis shows this. If there was an adult in there somewhere, he would have come out by now.

Or, as Sam Harris put it: "Trump isn't hiding his light under a bushel. He's all bushel".

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Everybody knew what Churchill's policies and views were. They'd also seen him in action. The only reason people were won around to him was because events and history shifted. He stayed pretty much the same, the exact same qualities that caused people to have a low opinion of him before the war caused people to have a high opinion after. The establishment view of how history was going to play out and judge everybody was proved wrong.

Half the voting population, give or take, disagrees with you about the President. If you axiomatically assume that history will judge you correct and them wrong, then there is really nothing more to be said.
I axiomatically assume history will judge them wrong. Besides, I don't believe half the voting population disagrees with me. Like I said, Trump is a permission slip, not a leader. They enjoy having permission to be racist douchebags. That doesn't mean they value Trump's leadership, but only what he allows them to do.

I will also keep pointing out how insulting it is, not only to Churchill and his surviving kin, but to the intelligence of everyone present that you keep comparing the wind bag occupying the White House with a flawed but generally competent man.
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No, just no. Trump can't change.
Who said anything about change?

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There is no wise, honest, intelligent and reliable person in there that he just surpresses for whatever reason.
I'm not sure how one would know this. To my mind his manner is functionally good for him and has got him to the Presidency. Why would he change it?

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The corona crisis shows this. If there was an adult in there somewhere, he would have come out by now.
That doesn't seem to be a unanimous view. What gives you the Gods eye view here? People could easily have said the same thing about events in Churchill's life and felt just as justified.

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Or, as Sam Harris put it: "Trump isn't hiding his light under a bushel. He's all bushel".
That may well be true. Sam Harris's views on Trump do seem to be an evolving story though.
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Being able to still win when most people vote against you is a heck of an advantage.
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Who said anything about change?


I'm not sure how one would know this. To my mind his manner is functionally good for him and has got him to the Presidency. Why would he change it?


That doesn't seem to be a unanimous view. What gives you the Gods eye view here? People could easily have said the same thing about events in Churchill's life and felt just as justified.


That may well be true. Sam Harris's views on Trump do seem to be an evolving story though.
I'd say a vast majority of the world's population sees Trump for what he is. You don't. I'd say you're in the minority.

I mean, if we are going to make an argumentum ad populum about the bleeding obvious.

I'll give you this: if Trumpism survives and goes on to be some sort of world-encompassing ideology in some kind of apocalyptic scenario, perhaps history will portray Trump favorably. In pretty much all other circumstances, there's little to no chance of that happening.
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Pretty sure Churchill was seen as something of a dangerous ****-up prior to the war. The differences may not be that big.
Come on, man. Even I don't think they're in the same league.
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Come on, man. Even I don't think they're in the same league.
I'm more saying that Churchill got lucky and that events are more important than anything else in how these leaders will be judged. If the War hadn't come along he would be remembered negatively. I think we'll have to wait quite a few decades to be really sure what Trump was right or wrong about and how it will all play out.

For me, I think they are so different in many ways that easy comparisons aren't really possible or useful. Churchill had many personal qualities that I personally find more appealing than Trump, but I'm not sure that that is the most important thing, I'm not planning on sleeping with either of them. Results and being right about the important questions of the day are what matters in a President and why we remember Churchill.

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I'd say a vast majority of the world's population sees Trump for what he is. You don't. I'd say you're in the minority.
The vast majority of the worlds population put no effort whatsoever into considering the question.

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I mean, if we are going to make an argumentum ad populum about the bleeding obvious.
I'm not using argumentum ad populum.

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I'll give you this: if Trumpism survives and goes on to be some sort of world-encompassing ideology in some kind of apocalyptic scenario, perhaps history will portray Trump favorably. In pretty much all other circumstances, there's little to no chance of that happening.
I think you are assuming that your side is right about the important questions of the day. If this turns out to be the high watermark for Globalism, or that the next 50 years show that handing over production to China was a bad idea then maybe he will have been right about some of the important questions. That doesn't rely on global Trumpism.
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The comparison is do meaningless I wonder if it's just a "control the conversation" ploy. Say something weird, and voila, thread derailed.

I agree withuke2se, the only way Trump ends up regarded as a second Churchill is if the whole world undergoes a catastrophic shift towards the far right. Let us hope that doesn't happen.
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The comparison is do meaningless I wonder if it's just a "control the conversation" ploy. Say something weird, and voila, thread derailed.

I agree withuke2se, the only way Trump ends up regarded as a second Churchill is if the whole world undergoes a catastrophic shift towards the far right. Let us hope that doesn't happen.
Or maybe if time proves him right on Globalism, China, the news media and other important stuff. Time will tell.
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The comparison is do meaningless I wonder if it's just a "control the conversation" ploy. Say something weird, and voila, thread derailed.
You wonder if Craig4 is trying to control the conversation and derail the thread?
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Trump should have taken a lesson from Winston Churchill.
I know he has a strict policy of dealing dishonestly and unethically with Trump supporters, but why would he want to abuse the rest of you that way?
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I voted Trump because the safest way for Biden to lose is the assumption that he will win.
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I like seeing the Trump-to-Biden ratio in this thread. Makes me hope for a similar landslide in November.
Hey, a man can dream, can't he .
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