I'm so damn sick of this. Disclosure: This is a rant.
Can we please stop talking about The American People? It's such bullpuckey. There is no American People, there are 280 million completely different people, who poll differently every month on a variety of issues, and in polls that are poorly or leadingly worded to begin with. And that doesn't even begin to address the sample.
No one. Not me. Not you. Not Sean Hannity, not Bill Maher, not Chris Mathews, not Tucker Carlson, not Keith Olbermann, not Rush Limbaugh, not Rachel Maddow, not Sarah Palin. Not the President, not the former president, or any former president.
Anytime someone uses this term your ears should perk up and your bullshit bell should start ringing. It's a rhetorical trick and it's completely meaningless.