New from me: @MorningConsult has polled 28 executive actions issued by @POTUS since Jan. 20.— Cameron Easley (@cameron_easley) February 10, 2021
His move to expand the refugee cap is the first one that is actually unpopular: 39% support it and 48% oppose it.https://t.co/pwfZKkXQ3t pic.twitter.com/yr8wPKG6jY
I’ve covered all of Neoliberal Joe’s executive orders.
My take on the “four converging crises” narrative has been spot on. The public doesn’t mind the health and economy executive orders which it considers genuine crises facing the country. Instead, it is the climate, racial equity and open borders executive orders which are much less popular with moderate voters. The least popular thing that Joe Biden has done is raising the refugee cap by 100,000 while the most popular thing he has done is requiring people to wear masks in some situations.
What does the public want Joe to do as president?
This is the question that truly matters. He is doing a lot of things that most people don’t mind or care much about or have a strong opinion on. What are their priorities?
As I have repeatedly pointed out on this website, the “Far Right” is a myth. What is called the “Far Right” is actually near the Center where voters are socially conservative and moderate on economics. The immigration hawks, trade skeptics and foreign policy doves are angry moderates.
The Democrats are two different parties.
The White upper middle class, college educated progressive wing or Democratic Independent Liberal Elite (DILE) wing of the party is the governing wing which runs the Democrats. These people are White professionals (PMCs) who are motivated by culture war and environmental issues. They are the people who are pushing for Joe to do woke, trans, open borders, climate change and all the unpopular stuff. The Jews fall into this category but it is a broader group of people defined by modernist values.
The Democrat Leaning Working Class (DLWC) or multiracial working class is the base of the party. These people are much more moderate on cultural issues. It includes most non-Whites and a large bloc of White voters. Their top issues are things like health care, Social Security, Medicare, the economy and jobs. These people are adjacent to MAGA voters and share a lot of things in common with them.
If the Republicans want to return to power and become a majority party, they need to moderate their economic agenda to win over more DLWC voters while sharply attacking the Democrats on cultural issues which unite their base. This is blindingly obvious which is why Republicans won’t do it.
Note: MAGA voters are or were DLWC voters. Trump became president by winning the populist vote 3 to 1 instead of 2 to 1 like Romney.