A new poll reveals that Donald Trump’s presidency is reaching a code red level of political danger as even Republicans are abandoning their party’s president.
There has been a shift in Republicans’ views about Trump’s job performance. While more than three in four Republicans, 78%, have a positive opinion of how the president is performing in his post, the proportion has declined from 85% last month. Comparatively, 84% of Democrats and 52% of independents disapprove of how Trump is doing his job as president.
There has been a profound shift in public opinion about whether or not President Trump is fulfilling campaign promises. 57% of Americans either strongly agree, 18%, or agree, 39%, that Trump is making good on the promises he made on the campaign trail. This is down from 71% in February. Regardless of party, fewer voters think he is keeping his word. Of note, 83% of Trump’s Republican base, down from 96% previously, believe Trump is fulfilling campaign promises.
Some Republicans are beginning to realize that they were conned. Since Trump is a president who has zero bipartisan reach, if he loses a substantial number of Republicans, he will lose his only base of support.
In polling, the Republican base varies between 35%-37%. If Trump’s approval rating falls below 35%, it will be a clear indication that he is losing the Republican base. As a candidate, Trump promised the moon and stars to his party. He has lost on health care and had two executive orders overturned by the courts. Trump has delivered nothing and is running a government that is the opposite of what he promised his voters.
This is the second poll this week that shows Republicans leaving Trump. Support for Trump among some Republicans was conditional. It was based on Trump delivering on his promises. There is not a vast well of personal loyalty to Trump.
A president who can’t deliver on his promises is a president who won’t be in office for very long.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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