In its likely death throes, Newsweek, the once great national news magazine, is going all-in with its anti-Trump strategy.
"More Americans think a president's past extramarital affairs should affect how he is judged on the job now than did so during Bill Clinton's administration," Newsweek wrote last week, citing a CNN poll.
Specifically, 38 percent of adults polled during the Trump administration said extramarital affairs should be relevant, and 59 percent said they should not be relevant, the poll, released Friday, shows. It was conducted by the research company SSRS from February 20-23.
By comparison, 26 percent said it should be relevant and 72 percent said it shouldn’t be in a poll conducted February 12-13, 1999, during Clinton's tenure. His affair with Gennifer Flowers was revealed during the 1992 campaign.
Meanwhile, the spotlight turned on Trump in January, when reports emerged that his lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly paid off porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair that took place while his wife Melania Trump was pregnant. Cohen admitted last month that he paid Daniels $130,000, using his own money.
In the poll, 52% of those surveyed said Trump’s personal life "matters and his moral character is important, while 46 percent said his personal life doesn’t matter if he is doing a good job of running the country. That breakdown reflects the reversal of seven similar polls conducted in 1998 and 1999 concerning Clinton, whose sex scandal with then-intern Monica Lewinsky led to his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives."
In a February 1999 poll, 46% said Clinton’s personal life mattered, while 53% said it didn’t matter "so long as he was doing a good job running the nation."
"Overall, 77% think it is true that Trump had extramarital affairs before becoming President," CNN reported.
About two-thirds (65%) say it's true that a payment made by Trump's personal lawyer to an actress who stars in pornographic movies was to protect Trump's presidential campaign. And 56% believe it's true that the National Enquirer pays for exclusive rights to stories that may be damaging to Trump in order to keep them from being published.
Americans are also more apt than they were in 1999 to say that a president's extramarital affairs conducted before taking office should be relevant to how he is judged in office. About four in 10 say so now (38%), up from roughly one-quarter in 1999 (26%).
That shift rests on a sharp change by party. Back in 1999, when Clinton -- a Democrat -- was in office, just 10% of Democrats said such affairs were relevant to how a president is judged in office; now 61% say the same. Among Republicans, the 44% who considered them relevant in 1999 has fallen to 16% now, with a Republican in the White House.
As with all CNN polls, let's take a quick look at the liberal network's methodology. Of the 1,016 adults surveyed, "33% described themselves as Democrats, 23% described themselves as Republicans, and 44% described themselves as independents or members of another party."
Huh. You don't think CNN conducted a skewed poll with far more Democrats and so-called "independents" — with no further efforts to find out which way they lean or have voted in the past — than Republicans just to get the results it most wanted, do you?
Nah, 'cuz that would make CNN fake news, right?