Trump’s approval has hit a new record low of 32% according to a new AP poll, which means that this president is worse than unpopular. He is being soundly rejected.
The AP-NORC poll found, “Thirty-two percent of Americans say they approve of the way President Trump is handling his job and 67 percent disapprove. His approval rating is down from 42 percent in March and 35 percent in June. While 67 percent of Republicans still approve of the job the president is doing, support among Republicans has decreased significantly since March when 80 percent of Republicans expressed approval. Twenty-eight percent of independents and 5 percent of Democrats say they approve of Trump’s handling of his job. Among Democrats, this also represents a decline since March when 11 percent said they approved.”
Additionally, just 24% of Americans think the country is moving in the right direction, only 26% think Trump is a strong leader, and 23% think he is honest. The floor for Trump support with Americans is 23%-26%, which means that Trump could lose another 6-9 points of approval before he hits rock bottom. Trump is losing is losing his Republican base. The standard Republican level of response in public opinion polls has been 34%-37%. Trump is five points below the high end of the range, which suggests that he is losing members of his own party.
The American body politic is rejecting the Trump presidency like a bad organ transplant, and unpopular decisions like rolling back contraceptive coverage are designed to appease the 32% that still support him, but if Republicans go into elections in 2018 and 2020 with Trump at 32% approval, they will lose and lose badly.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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