WASHINGTON — Of all the rough numbers for President Trump in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, these might have been the roughest: The current president trails his opponent by 32 points (!!!) on who has the right presidential temperament.
Fifty-eight percent of voters say Joe Biden has the better temperament, according to the poll, while just 26 percent pick Trump.
It’s hard to overstate the role that temperament has played in the past week.
Think of the unruly and insult-filled debate last Tuesday (“arrogant,” “bully,” “self-centered” were some of the one-word responses about Trump from a post-debate focus group conducted for NBC News).
Or the mostly mask-less and hardly socially-distant White House ceremony — plus indoor activities — for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Sept. 26 (with the news that several of the attendees now have the coronavirus).
To top it off, Trump released a video