Guzzardi column lacked statistical facts


In his Aug. 2 op-ed, Joe Guzzardi states that “Despite media accounts to the contrary, outside of the bubbled Beltway, President Trump is hugely popular. The record thousands who lined up for hours in Youngstown, Ohio, to hear President Trump and to shout their approval are the envy of every elected or campaigning politician.”

What evidence does Guzzardi have to make this statement?

From the research I have conducted, no recent poll shows Trump’s overall approval rating higher than 43 percent (, Aug. 14, 2017), while most show his approval rating to be between 33 percent (Quinnipiac University,, Aug. 3, 2017) and 38 percent (CNN,, Aug. 8, 2017). Opinions are one thing, but Guzzardi’s statement lacks any evidence.

Just because Joe Guzzardi wants it to be true doesn’t make it true.

Similarly, his statement about “records” set in Youngtown, Ohio is also baseless. What records were allegedly set at this rally? Trump himself declined to clarify. “He [Trump] did not elaborate on the types of records,” said a FOX news report (“President Trump says Youngstown rally ‘broke all records’, (

For the record, the stadium in Youngstown holds about 7,000 people for this type of event, about the same size as the Yakima Sundome.

Op-Ed pieces, like any other form of journalism, must have a basis in evidence. otherwise they are called fiction, and do not belong in a newspaper.

Theodore B. Raihl, Grandview


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