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Must watch: Frank Luntz focus group on Donald Trump, Jr.

Based on the Frank Luntz focus group, the Donald Trump, Jr. speech was even more of a home run than I realized.

This also shows the campaign’s huge success and brilliant strategy of unconventionally putting Trump’s family front-and-center at the convention instead of a bunch of politicians. It seemed like a great idea to me, and this focus groups confirms that I was right.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Don Jr. was a pleasant surprise because I hadn’t been terribly impressed by what I’ve seen of him before this. I forget the details, but in the past he’s fallen for one or two Twitter hoaxes that Ivanka would never have been fooled by.

    The takeaway from that focus group is that Trump should tone down the bellowing and flame-throwing and stress his warmth and personal relationships with both his family and working people. Donald Jr. put great emphasis on how his father taught him to expand his social circle and judge people by what they’re capable of, not their credentials. Since Trump has been painted as an exclusionary figure who judges people by surface characteristics like race or sex, this was a powerful message since it struck at one of the key arguments against Trump by using something that is sacred in modern American culture (personal experience) and by doing it without directly seeming to do it, so it didn’t feel like pandering or carry the whiff of dishonesty.


    July 20, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    • Richard, I think you hit the nail on the head with what we were saying. I’m part of that focus group (we’ll be on tonight and tomorrow as well) and that’s exactly what we need to see from Trump.

      Chris Mowery

      July 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • The way Trump wins the woman vote.


      July 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

  2. Good social science research requires:

    1) A large enough sample size
    2) Independent observations, where one result does not influence another

    Focus groups violate both of these rules. Luntz is putz.

    That being said, I believe these results. We’ll see how Eric does tonight.


    July 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    • Humans are social animals who are influenced by each other, so we should be pretty glad that these people are responding so warmly to a Trump campaign messenger on national television.


      July 20, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  3. A lot of Trump supporters, both on this blog and elsewhere, have stated that Trump’s loving and successful children are evidence that Trump himself is a good man. Most American voters haven’t seen much of his children, and since they do leave such a favorable impression, I think that Trump’s personal likeability numbers in the polls should rise.

    What’s worth noting is that Mitt Romney’s children also came across as kind, high-quality people. The problem was that Romney, an incredibly handsome, wealthy and well-mannered man, made himself even more distant and unapproachable. In contrast, since Trump has bizarre hair and is crass and vulgar, his children should cause voters to like him better.


    July 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    • I don’t remember any speeches given by Romney’s kids. I remember his wife gave one at the convention.

      I also remember that his sons were handsome, but they all looked sort of similar. Or at least the blend together in my memory. Trump’s four adult kids are easier to tell apart, so they all stand out more.

      Also, Trump made a virtue of necessity with his convention, in that he had more spots to fill, so he filled them with his likable kids.

      I don’t think Trump’s hair has hurt him at all.

      David Pinsen

      July 21, 2016 at 3:45 am

  4. OT, Lion please write about Twitter’s permanent disbarment of social commentator Milo Yianopolous. This should be close to your heart, as you and Milo probably have broadly similar outlooks. Well except for the black dudes thing.


    July 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm

  5. I only heard bits and pieces of the speech but talk radio is full of praise for it. Populist Nationalism may have just found it’s heir apparent in a post Donald world.

    Mike Street Station

    July 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    • Since it’s a chip of the Trump block, that would be “hair apparent.” Sorry, couldn’t resist.


      July 20, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    • …although technically it wouldn’t be a post Donald world.

      Jokah Macpherson

      July 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

  6. I don’t mean to bring the party down (in both the figurative and literals senses of the term “party,) but I don’t see what all the fuss is about. A son should be expected to say good things about his father. Any son who wouldn’t would not have been allowed to speak at a convention. Personally, I don’t think Jr.’s speech was so phenomenal. To me he came across as aggressive and a bit angry in tone. Maybe he really isn’t this way, but I liked Tiffany’s speech a lot better. At any rate, I’m glad that the speech seems to be helping Trump Sr.

    An aside: if you see pictures of the young Ivanka Trump (when she was younger than 11) you can see that she had a strong resemblance to Chastity Bono (before Chastity became the transgendered “Chaz.) I couldn’t be the only person to notice this.


    July 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    • Thundercats Power Ranking for RNC speeches: #1 Ivanka, #2 Tiffany, #3 Melania

      Panther of the Blogocube

      July 21, 2016 at 12:49 am

  7. ***This also shows the campaign’s huge success and brilliant strategy of unconventionally putting Trump’s family front-and-center at the convention instead of a bunch of politicians.***

    Definitely a wise move. The family present well and show a positive and warmer side to Trump. Also, the success of various family reality shows indicates the public pay attention to high profile families.


    July 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

  8. Trump’s children should be speaking in front SWPLs, who otherwise will be voting for the likes of Clinton or Sanders.

    A few of Lion’s readers in the past, were hoping that a SWPL candidate is pro-White, regardless of class affiliation.

    This is the closest as one can get.

    But then again, Trump’s kids are SWPLs. You get to see pictures of his older son visiting a school full of black children. And Trump Jr. partying at the Hamptons with NAMs.

    The right-o-sphere has lost. Proles will not be upsetting the status quo anytime soon!


    July 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

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