Jul 31, 2017

Trump's favorite pollster reports 61% disapproval rating

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Rasmussen's daily Presidential Tracking Poll, a poll President Trump cites frequently on Twitter, reported Monday that 61% of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance. Other findings from the report:

  • Only 26% of likely voters "Strongly Approve" of Trump's performance, while 49% "Strongly Disapprove."
  • 67% of likely GOP voters believe Republicans in Congress have lost touch with their voter base, up from 51% in February.
  • Why it matters: The findings mark the first time Trump's overall approval rating has slid below 40% in the Rasmussen tracking report.

Go deeper: Trump made history for the lowest approval rating in his first 6 months.

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Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.

The next American struggle: Waiting out the coronavirus

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There are now a lot of known knowns about the coronavirus: It's here, it's spreading, it's stressing hospitals, it's crippling the economy, it's slowed only by distance and isolation — and it's sure to get much worse before it gets much better. 

Why it matters: Similarly, there is a sameness to the patterns and known unknowns. So now we hit the maddening stage of waiting.

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Coronavirus pushes traditional businesses into the digital age

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A slew of old-line industries that once hesitated to embrace digital technologies are now being forced to do so for the sake of survival.

Why it matters: Once consumers get used to accessing services digitally — from older restaurants finally embracing online ordering, or newspapers finally going all-digital — these industries may find it hard to go back to traditional operations.