Yes, according to Bill Ballenger, publisher of The Ballenger Report.
Ballenger and three other pundits were quizzed by Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) on Monday, Oct. 19, as to how they felt about various hot button issues with two weeks left until the Nov. 3 general election. Here are the questions and Ballenger’s answers:
1. A Mitchell Research Communications Poll released today has former Vice President Joe BIDEN 10 points up in Michigan. At this stage in the 2016 election, a Mitchell poll had Hillary CLINTON up by 12 points. Could Trump conceivably win Michigan again?
Extremely doubtful, and it’s hard to believe Hillary was up by that much at the same time four years ago. Could the last-minute erosion of the Democratic nominee’s support happen again? I continue to believe there have been way too many polls showing Biden substantially ahead. I can’t believe lightning will strike twice in the same place.
2. Will it be possible to say for sure which presidential candidate has won Michigan’s electoral votes by the Wednesday after election day?
I think it’s highly likely. We just won’t know the final margin of victory.
3. According to a Gallup Poll released ten days ago, 56% of U.S. registered voters said they are better off now than they were four years ago, which Gallup claims is an historic high. This seems out of sync with most polls, which show President Donald TRUMP losing, and not by close margins. Should we just write-off this Gallup poll as inaccurate? Does it have any credibility at all?
Gallup may not be far off, but whether voters feel they are better off economically today than in 2016 doesn’t seem to matter anymore. That in itself is an historical anomaly, as is Donald Trump. I think the president has just been too obnoxious, too often, for too long in the opinion of too many people to be able to win again.
4. Are social media platforms too biased in terms of opinions they do not allow to be expressed?
It appears so. It’s one thing to have guidelines and parameters for obscene or threatening or hate-filled speech, but curbing or suppressing First Amendments rights in the expression of opinion seems to have gone too far. Trouble is coming for Facebook, Twitter et al.
Also giving their answers in the MIRS Oct. 19 edition were Jill Alper, CEO of Alper Strategies; Janell Leonard, owner of Marketing Resource Group; and Detroit political analyst Steve Hood.
Ballenger’s guests on Michigan Talk Network’s “The Political Insider” syndicated radio program this coming week-end will be William Whitbeck, former chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals; Terri Lynn Land, former Secretary of State and now a candidate for the Wayne State University Board of Governors; and state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), wife of former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. The program will be posted and archived on TheBallengerReport.com website Friday afternoon, Oct. 23.