Conservative columnist Byron York has a simple message for Donald Trump: Listen to the polls when you're losing as much as you touted them when you were winning.
York writes in the Washington Examiner
that the polls correctly told a story on how Trump was connecting and engaging a base during the primary season, but now those polls are telling a different story. And Trump better listen to what the polls are saying:
- He's behind Hillary Clinton by a margin bigger than Mitt Romney ever was in 2012.
- Trump is in trouble with women voters.
- He is in trouble with Republican voters, a group he should have won over by now.
York says there is some good news in the polls, showing Trump leading Clinton on issues of the economy, national security and standing up for America, for example.
But he says rather than parse the polls for the good stuff, Trump had better learn from the bad news, and quick.
"The polls, taken together, are telling Donald Trump something. They're telling him that what he is doing now is not working, that he has to convince voters that he is a plausible president," York concludes. "The polls are telling Trump that it is long past time to be presidential. And finally, they're telling Trump there's still a chance — if he would only listen."
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