NBC: “Trump comfortably earns the support of military-affiliated voters overall 55% to 36%”.
What a week.
CNN reports a poll with Trump leading Clinton.
Then yesterday, NBC released a poll of military personnel & veterans.
My hunch: NBC was expecting Clinton to win that poll … and probably planned to headline the results in last night’s commander-in-chief forum.
Here’s the rub:
Drilling down, a majority of military folks are confident of Trump’s “ability to be commander–in-chief”.
Not so for Hillary.
Only about 30% of military folks are confident of Clinton’s ability to be commander–in-chief.
P.S. I watched the entire NBC commander-in-chief forum last night.
Here’s my take …
NBC’s commander-in-chief forum.
- I thought that Lauer did a pretty good job grilling both candidates with relevant questions. I expected him to toss Hillary soft-balls and pummel Trump . He missed follow-up opportunities with both candidates, but I thought did a fair job.
- Biggest omission was failing to ask Hillary any questions about Benghazi … especially when she declared “no American lives lost in the military action”. Nice parsing, but what about the aftermath.
- As expected Hillary came across as scripted by pollsters, speech writers and lawyers. Every response was canned and parsed. She seemed uneasy when thrown off the script. The debates will be interesting.
- Hillary introduced the new “everybody knows that all classified materials have a header declaring it as such at the top.” Not so according to documents she signed and Comey’s ruling.
- Yeah, Trump is shallow on the issues, but he didn’t explode and didn’t make any fatal gaffes as far as I could tell.
- Trump did a nice job of making the debate less about him and more about Hillary’s record.
- Clinton is boxed on the “good judgment” issue. Her argument: Emails were a mistake in judgment, Iraq vote was a mistake in judgment … people learn from mistakes … I must have good judgment now because of all the big mistakes I’ve made that I’ve been able to learn from. I wouldn’t want to be pitching that line.
- On balance, I think that Trump didn’t hurt himself … and Hillary didn’t help herself. So, call it a draw … which is the best that Trump could have been hoping for.
P.P.S. Somehow, Matt Lauer forgot to mention his network’s survey results.