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Low Public Approval of President Trump Yet Unusually High Consumer Confidence. Hmmm…

How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence?

Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items.

The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics.

I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.

During the 2016 campaign, my haters mocked me mercilessly on Twitter for predicting that a candidate with insanely low approval ratings could ever get elected president of the United States. I said it wouldn’t be the problem people thought it would be. And it wasn’t. Part of the reason is that Hillary Clinton also had low ratings. But I also suspected there were so-called shy Trump supporters who held private opinions that were different from what the pollsters could suss out.

Now we see a similar situation shaping up. I don’t know whether or not President Trump will seek a second term. But if he ran for reelection today, I expect he would win by a larger margin than the first time, no matter who ran against him. To put it another way, approval ratings aren’t as predictive as you would expect. But consumer confidence is probably close to 100% predictive. Ask Bill Clinton. He’ll tell you It’s the economy, stupid.

Prior to President Trump’s inauguration day I predicted we’d see this story arc play out in the media:

Spring 2017: “Trump is Hitler!”

Summer 2017: “Okay, Trump isn’t Hitler. But he’s incompetent!”

End of year 2017: “Crap. He’s effective. But we don’t like it.”

Consumer confidence is peaking while the president’s approval rating is in the cellar. That means people expect him to be effective on the big stuff. But they don’t like him because of the other stuff.

Right on schedule.

If you read this entire blog post, you might also like my new book, Win Bigly. Pre-order at this page and get a bonus chapter by email.

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Dilbert Blog

Low Public Approval of President Trump Yet Unusually High Consumer Confidence. Hmmm…

How did we get to a place where The President of the United States has historically low approval at the same time we have recent highs for consumer confidence?

Almost everything President Trump does has an impact on the economy, and on consumers. That includes national security, immigration, taxes, health care, budgets, treaties, government regulations, and international relations. If the public is optimistic about the economy, that is normally the same as having confidence in the president. At least on the big-ticket items.

The types of presidential actions that have lower impact on the economy include court appointments, opinions on confederate statues, NFL kneeling, transgenders in the military, birth control funding, unpresidential tweets, poorly-executed disavowals, hyperbole that fails the fact-checking, seemingly unnecessary political attacks, and all manner of obnoxious presidential behavior. The majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump on at least some of those topics.

I don’t think we’ve ever seen something like this before. A majority of citizens disapprove of President Trump while simultaneously having confidence he’ll get most of the big stuff right and the economy will reflect it.

During the 2016 campaign, my haters mocked me mercilessly on Twitter for predicting that a candidate with insanely low approval ratings could ever get elected president of the United States. I said it wouldn’t be the problem people thought it would be. And it wasn’t. Part of the reason is that Hillary Clinton also had low ratings. But I also suspected there were so-called shy Trump supporters who held private opinions that were different from what the pollsters could suss out.

Now we see a similar situation shaping up. I don’t know whether or not President Trump will seek a second term. But if he ran for reelection today, I expect he would win by a larger margin than the first time, no matter who ran against him. To put it another way, approval ratings aren’t as predictive as you would expect. But consumer confidence is probably close to 100% predictive. Ask Bill Clinton. He’ll tell you It’s the economy, stupid.

Prior to President Trump’s inauguration day I predicted we’d see this story arc play out in the media:

Spring 2017: “Trump is Hitler!”

Summer 2017: “Okay, Trump isn’t Hitler. But he’s incompetent!”

End of year 2017: “Crap. He’s effective. But we don’t like it.”

Consumer confidence is peaking while the president’s approval rating is in the cellar. That means people expect him to be effective on the big stuff. But they don’t like him because of the other stuff.

Right on schedule.

If you read this entire blog post, you might also like my new book, Win Bigly. Pre-order at this page and get a bonus chapter by email.

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News in Brief: Hotshot Product Talking Big Game About Being Good For Consumer

BOSTON—Having made some pretty bold claims concerning the product’s effectiveness and overall value, hotshot marketing app TargetDemo is talking a big game about being good for its small-business customer base, sources confirmed Tuesday. “This high and mighty product sure has a lot of nerve to claim that it can streamline data collection and improve communication with customers,” local woman Michelle Carson said upon reading the incredibly cocky description on the TargetDemo website, noting that she would only believe the app’s similarly audacious claims about its ability to enhance profitability “when [she sees] it for [herself].” “On top of that, this big shot product apparently expects us to believe that not only does it provide 24-hour customer service and a user-friendly interface, but that it can also increase workforce productivity by 15 to 25 percent. That’s a lot of big talk right there, buddy—they must have …





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Nine Great Products for the Always Connected Consumer in Your Life

Take a trip with me down gadget lane into the world where just about anything a product marketer can dream up is now coming at you complements of today’s billion dollar buffed world.

No, it’s not “big brother” anymore, today it’s “mother.”
Check out Mother and the Motion Cookies by Sen.Se Designs. Think of “Motther” and her motion cookies as a way to keep tabs on anything and everything in your life.

Sen.se designs, develops, and manufactures devices that make data collection abundant, fluid, and accurate over long periods of time. Leave home with a sense of confidence know you can keep track of everything and perhaps anybody.

With “Mother” on your smartphone, you’ll never have to worry about making an excuse for checking your phone constantly: “honey, mother may call at any minute.”

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No phone should be without an onboard taser for anyone wandering around dangerous locales – no need to every worry about a miscreant giving you any trouble when you have your phone in hand.

Stun and zap em with a Yellow Jacket stun gun and go anywhere anytime and know you are safe and secure.

Concealed inside Yellow Jacket™ is a loud, bright high voltage stun gun that produces a painful “sting” and it also doubles your battery life: security and more time for calls in one product. What’s not to like?

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No need to spend hours in your gourmet kitchen preparing food for the family
. Get the Chefjet 3D Printer and print your meals. It’s $ 5K but think of the time you’ll save preparing food, not to mention no more pots and pans to deal with.

It works by printing a variety of edibles, including sugar, chocolate or candy, bringing vast new capabilities to the kitchen counter, baking board, cake shop, bar top, and catering biz.

Full-color cocktail decorations, architectural cake supports, interlocking candies, beautiful sugar sculptures: it’s all possible with the ChefJet™Pro – “Mom/Dad I’m going to my food printing class tonight……” Available later this year in a kitchen store near you.

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You like to game and you don’t mind looking like you just stepped off of the Mad Max set
, check out the PrioVR Body Suit for any gamer who takes her/his gaming seriously.

Using high-performance inertial sensors to provide 360 degrees of low-latency, real-time motion tracking without the need for cameras, optics, line-of-sight, or large, awkward equipment.

PrioVR’s sensors are placed on key points of your body to capture your movements and translate them on-screen in real-time. PrioVR is wireless, allows for multiple simultaneous users, and will work anywhere – indoors or out, in capture spaces of any size.

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You can now tone your thighs by simply squeezing a device like the Tao WellShell between your legs; or it works on your hands too. Get a grip like Roger Federer.

Why it’s cool: it’s a small, mobile exercise device that connects via bluetooth to a free exercise app on your phone. It’s a portable gym on you phone. Sort of.

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Okay you are out there on the surfboard and you want an action shot with a GoPro Mouth Mount – freedom at last to get the action shot you want.

No straps, no headgear, just put this into your mouth and point and shoot. And, it floats too, which is a lifesaver for some of us who have mastered the art of dropping things anytime/anywhere.

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Want tunes delivered stylishly throughout the hacienda?
The Naim MuSo is an all purpose music system that will keep you humming to you tunes.

It’s a a wireless speaker system with a built in loudspeaker with every conceivable type of connection you can dream up onboard. It’s beyond cool and it will take you anywhere you want to go; it’s powerful (six 75 watt digital amplifiers) and it can also act as multi-room streaming device.

Now your home can have the same audio capabilities as David Geffen or JayZ.

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Heading to Europe this summer and have no place to stay?
We have you covered: check out the Solange Superyacht. Cruise in style with this baby and impress your friends. For only $ 1M a week you can too can travel like George Soros and at 297 feet in length, she may be the biggest and baddest yacht in the harbor.

No need to worry about a crew; she comes with a fully-trained crew who will take care of all the dreary details of moving this baby around the world from St. Tropez to Miami. Leaving you time to hang out in the onboard sauna and sample wine from the five star wine cellar.

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Staying warm and leveraging energy costs are easy to do
with a Faribault Wool Blanket. These blankets are low tech love for any consumer who appreciates the finer things in life and knows cheap and quality never “live” together.

Faribault has been operating for a century and a half on the banks of the Cannon River in Minnesota, and its wool blankets, woven by fifth-generation craftspeople, are designed to keep you warm, and possibly outlive most of you, unless you break some longevity records.

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