Press Releases


Entries in Donald Trump (23)


PPP Media Alert - Clinton reclaims lead in NH; Trump still up big 

PPP's new New Hampshire Democratic poll finds that Hillary Clinton's moved back into the lead in the state. She gets 41% to 33% for Bernie Sanders with Joe Biden at only 11%, Martin O'Malley at 4%, and Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb each at 2%. Since PPP last polled New Hampshire in August Clinton's gone up 6 points from her then 35% standing, while Sanders has dropped 9 points from his then 42% standing.

Clinton's rise comes as her image with Democratic voters in the state has improved by a good amount. Her favorability (+56 at 73/17) has improved a net 18 points from August when she was at +38 (63/25) with primary voters. The key for her is that she has narrowed things up among Sanders' core groups of supporters. With 'very liberal' voters Sanders leads her only 43/42, with men Sanders leads her only 35/34, and with younger voters Sanders is ahead 42/34. Meanwhile Clinton remains dominant with the groups most friendly to her- she's up 50/24 with seniors, 47/31 with women, and leads by at least 8 points with every ideological group besides 'very liberal' voters.

Independents are a big part of the puzzle even keeping New Hampshire competitive at all. They account for about a third of the Democratic primary electorate, and Sanders has a 40/32 advantage over Clinton with them. Among actual Democrats Clinton leads Sanders by 18 points at 47/29, pretty similar to the national picture- it's really the unusual representation of non-Democrats in the Democratic primary in the state that has the race there looking competitive.

Joe Biden is actually the most popular of the candidates in New Hampshire, with a 78/10 favorability rating. But it doesn't equate to much support for the nomination (11%) and Biden lags behind Clinton, 24/21, even when it comes to who voters' second choice would be. If Biden doesn't end up running for the nomination Clinton will benefit, since 40% of Biden voters say she would be their second choice to only 15% for Sanders. Reallocate Biden backers to their next pick, and Clinton's lead over Sanders goes up to 45/35.

We also asked Republicans who their pick for the Democratic nominee would be and Biden and Sanders tie at 20% with Webb at 16%, Clinton at 9%, O'Malley at 8%, Chafee at 7%, and Lawrence Lessig at 1%. We also broke down these responses by whether GOP voters wanted that person to be the Democratic nominee because they liked them, or because they thought that person would be easier to defeat in the general. Among those picking a Democrat simply because they like them, Biden gets 27% to 23% each for Sanders and Webb, 12% for Clinton, and 11% for O'Malley. Among those picking a Democrat because they think it would be easier to beat them in the fall, 26% pick Sanders to 19% for Chafee, 17% for Biden, 16% for Webb, and 11% for Clinton.

On the Republican side Donald Trump continues to reign supreme. He leads the pack with 28% to 12% for Marco Rubio, 11% for Ben Carson, 10% for John Kasich, 9% for Jeb Bush, 8% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Carly Fiorina, 4% for Rand Paul, and 3% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field for the Republicans are Rick Santorum at 2%, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki all at 1%, and Jim Gilmore at less than 1%.

Trump is by some metrics weaker in New Hampshire than he was when we polled in August though. Then he was at 35% and had a 56/32 favorability rating, now he's at 28% and has a 48/42 favorability rating. Then he led hypothetical head to head match ups with Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush by an average of 17 points. Now he trails that same trio by an average of 3 points- he still leads Bush by a reduced margin of 49/41 but he trails Carson 48/39 and Rubio 49/42. Additionally he trails Carly Fiorina 47/44. So he's certainly still well out ahead, but his dominance is not quite what it was.

Trump continues to lead with every demographic group we track. He's at 35% with Tea Party voters, 32% with younger voters, 28% with men, 28% with Republicans, 28% with 'somewhat conservative' voters, 27% with women, 27% with independents, 26% with seniors, 26% with moderates, 25% with evangelicals, and 23% with 'very conservative' voters. It's particularly interesting that with evangelicals Trump gets his 25% to 3% for Mike Huckabee and 1% for Rick Santorum. But their weak support even with their base groups is a reflection of how little appeal they have in the state- Santorum at 32/38 and Huckabee at 37/45 have negatively favorability ratings even with Republican voters.

Three candidates have made progress in New Hampshire over the last couple months. Rubio has gained 8 points to go from 4% to 12%, Carson has gained 5 points to go from 6% to 11%, and Cruz has gained 4 points to go from 4% to 8%. New Hampshire makes yet another state where Carson is the most popular of the Republican candidates (60/26 favorability) and the one most frequently named as a second choice (15% to 11% for Fiorina and 10% for Kasich). Rubio's 55/25 favorability makes him the second most popular of the candidates in New Hampshire. 

The only candidate to drop more than one point over the last couple months in the Granite State is Carly Fiorina. In August she was in third place at 10%, but now she's dropped to 7th place at 7%. Fiorina remains popular- her 53/25 favorability rating puts her in the company of Carson and Rubio as the only ones over 50% in New Hampshire. But when it comes to who people actually want for the nomination GOP voters are finding other options more compelling. 

There's another group of candidates whose support for the nomination hasn't gone up much in the last couple months but who have improvement in their favorability numbers that could equate to at least the possibility of increased support further down the line. Chris Christie's improved 17 points from -11 (35/46) to +6 (45/39). Rand Paul's gone up 16 points from -15 (34/49) to +1 (41/40). And Jeb Bush has seen a 10 point improvement from -3 (38/41) to +7 (45/38).

John Kasich's campaign seems to be sputtering a little bit. He was in 2nd place at 11% in August and now finds himself in 4th place at a similar 10%. His favorability numbers have dropped from +27 (49/22) to +16 (45/29). He does lead the poll of who Democrats would support for the Republican nomination with 22% to 17% for Donald Trump, 10% for Jeb Bush, 7% for Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, 5% each for Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 4% for Rand Paul. But that popularity with Democrats may help explain why Kasich is polling at 1% with voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative.'

Among Democrats saying they want someone to be the Republican nominee because they actually like the person Kasich gets 34% to 10% each for Christie and Fiorina. Among Democrats saying they want someone to be the Republican nominee because they think it would be easier to defeat that person, Trump gets 50% to 15% for Bush, and 10% for Cruz.

This analysis is also available on our website:


I’m not attached the full results because the file is so large, but you can see those here:



DNC - “No Ma’am” – McCain takes mic from Republican field over "tenor of their remarks" gone too far 



In 2008, when a town hall audience member made an insulting comment about then-Senator Obama, his opponent in the race for the White House, John McCain, said “no ma’am.” He simply took the mic from her and set the record straight.


Yesterday, John McCain once again took the mic – this time from the field of Republican candidates looking to follow him as their party’s nominee. On CNN’s State of the Union, McCain said that the tenor and tone of the Republican primary is damaging:


“I think we are hurting ourselves and our chances to win the general election if we disparage each other and impugn the character of each other then after the primary is over obviously there’s a trust and support deficit among the American people.”


He went further when asked if leaders have a responsibility to condemn bigotry when they hear it.


“Oh, yes I believe so…..I think there’s a lot of people in the party that are not happy about the tenor of some of the remarks and the allegations about each other.”


That followed a week in which the Republican field of presidential candidates continued trying to outdo one another at offending large swaths of the American people, from women, to Native Americans, to even refugees fleeing from war, just as they’ve done before with Asian-Americans and immigrants among others.

So in less than two weeks, the same ugly dynamics within the Republican Party pressured their House Speaker to resign and their 2008 nominee to distance himself from their presidential contenders’ rhetoric. If Republicans in Congress and those running for president want to prove they’re out of touch with the vast majority of the American people, they’re doing a heckuva job.


Hopefully the GOP candidates will take cues from John McCain this week.


ALG - Is Teamster-Trump dalliance beginning of end for Dem coalition?



Oct. 1, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the Teamsters union decision to meet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump before deciding who to endorse

"Big Labor should think twice about Big Green advocates like Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton's announced opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline sends direct shot across the bow to every private sector labor union. It is clear that their interests are no longer served by a Democratic party that has fully embraced the Big Green anti-job agenda. 

"The first step in this Big Labor v. Democrat divorce has been taken by the Teamsters, who are weighing their options for a presidential endorsement. This is clearly out of recognition of not only Republican support for the pipeline that the Teamsters have supported but also GOP candidates Bobby Jindal, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and others who came out strongly against fast track trade legislation while the Obama Administration twisted arms to get it. 

"The combination of Democrats' radical environmental anti-jobs agenda and some Republicans' support for the union position on fast track clearly is forcing Big Labor to reconsider their historical bedfellows. It is this shifting dynamic that may cause national Democrats to pay a real political price for their economically destructive policies." 

To view online:


Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at


Jindal For President - Slams 'Trumpcare' – Government Dependence for All 

Jindal for President


BATON ROUGE – On 60 Minutes Sunday, Donald Trump made one thing perfectly clear – he supports a new federal entitlement program to give free government funded health care to every American. 

This is how the Donald described ‘Trumpcare’ on 60 Minutes:

Scott Pelley: Universal health care.

Donald Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don't care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody's going to be taken care of much better than they're taken care of now.

Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Donald Trump: They're going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably--

Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Donald Trump: --the government's gonna pay for it….

Governor Jindal said, "In other words, Trump agrees with Obama and Clinton on the government takeover of health care, he agrees with Obama and Clinton on the need for socialized medicine.

"Policy disagreements are part of politics of course.  But this is not just some random policy difference.  This is a basic question of whether we as a country will continue the Obama slide toward government dependence, or whether we as a country will embrace personal freedom and responsibility.

"Trump has of course endorsed socialized medicine in the past, but in the past he has also endorsed abortion, Hillary Clinton, the Democrat Party, and every other liberal thing you can think of.  It was good of Trump to reaffirm his support for the government takeover of health care for Republican primary voters.   This will likely accelerate Trump’s downward slide in the polls. "

Gov. Jindal remains the only Presidential candidate who has written a health care plan.



Jindal For President - Revealed: Trump's new election strategy - Whine! Whine! Whine!

Jindal for President


Baton Rouge - The Jindal campaign today released a new video showing a sneak peek into Donald Trump's shifting election strategy.

In the video, called 'Whiner-in-Chief', Trump is seen telling CNN that “I whine and whine until I win".

The shift in strategy has come as Trump's poll numbers have started to fade and he has begun a new fight with Fox News.

Just two weeks ago, the Jindal campaign released this video of Trump’s strategy of “winning”:

Jindal Campaign Manager Timmy Teepell said:

"In a matter of weeks, Trump has gone from winning to whining. It's an interesting play, no doubt influenced by Veep-in-waiting Charlie Sheen.

“This may well be an acknowledgement that his campaign is flagging and he is making a bid to be 'Whiner-in-Chief' in an eventual Republican administration.”