Newt Gingrich: Gallup Uncovers Stark Warnings for Democrats on 2020 Presidential Election | Opinion

Gallup has analyzed the mood of the American people and come up with warnings for both President Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals.

As Paul Bedard reported in The Washington Examiner, newly released Gallup material found the number of Americans who believe that Trump "has the personality and leadership qualities to be president" has increased over the past two years. The president has also eclipsed his predecessor in terms of working on issues Americans believe to be important.

"Gallup found that 47 percent agree with Trump on the issues," Bedard wrote. In April 2011, 45 percent agreed with President Barack Obama, according to Gallup.

"And Trump was graded more in line with the political ideology of Americans than Obama and former President George W. Bush," Bedard continued. "Asked about Trump's ideology, 38 percent said it was 'about right.' Some 35 percent said the same thing about Obama, and 36 percent for Bush."

These are remarkable numbers. They violate the Washington elites' view of Trump as an unacceptable outsider. If almost half the country agrees with Trump on issues that matter most to them—and more Americans think he is more in line with their ideology than either Obama or Bush—maybe it is the Washington elites who have to do some serious rethinking.

The improving prospects for Trump's re-election were also captured in a New York Times column by Steven Rattner, who was Obama's counselor to the Treasury and leader of the auto bailout program.

Rattner, who is hardly a Trump fan, wrote that multiple projection models—including "perhaps the best," the Fair model created by Yale professor Ray Fair—currently point to Trump's re-election.

"Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, has looked at 12 models, and Mr. Trump wins in all of them. Donald Luskin of Trend Macrolytics has reached the same conclusion in his examination of the Electoral College," Rattner wrote.

Before the White House breaks out the champagne, it should note the one warning in the Gallup report. As Bedard noted, "Gallup found that 58 percent disagree that Trump has the character aspects of leadership and personality to be president."

Trump's acceptability as someone with the personal characteristics to be president has improved from 33 percent two years ago to 40 percent today. With another year of improvement, this may cease to be an issue.

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Voters cast their ballots at the polling place in the Father Thomas A. Bernas Parish Center in Chicago on April 2. Newt Gingrich writes that Gallup has detected warning signs for Democrats, as well as President Donald Trump, in the 2020 election. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Faced with the strengths of the economy and of Trump on the issues, the Democrats have two likely paths in 2020.

If they nominate someone like former Vice President Joe Biden, who tries to stay closer to the middle than the left-wing of his party, they run the risk of an election like the one in which former Vice President Walter Mondale was crushed in 1984. A mild personality that does not stir up passion is fine—until there is a storm. Then, support melts away. Mondale discovered this when he promised to raise taxes. Biden will almost certainly have to endorse some radical positions to hold his party together if he becomes the nominee. Those will then define him since his mildness will have failed to imprint a strong definition.

The more likely future is that Democrats will nominate a non-Biden candidate, who is dedicated to stirring up the left by adopting radical positions. In that case, he or she will resemble George McGovern, who was crushed when the country perceived he was too left-wing to be president.

Republicans trying to recapture the House of Representatives and working to increase the Senate GOP majority should study Bedard's and Rattner's analyses and start planning for an election in which they have a strong tailwind for the GOP ticket. The Democrats will either bore the country or scare it.

Newt Gingrich was speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He is now the host of the Newt's World podcast and the author of Trump's America: The Truth About Our Nation's Great Comeback. Follow him on Twitter: @NewtGingrich.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own.​​​​​​

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