The 2020 presidential campaign hasn’t reached full swing, and Donald Trump’s reelection chances are already starting to crater.
According to a new CNN poll released on Tuesday, just 36 percent of Americans believe Trump deserves a second term. A whopping 60 percent say he isn’t worthy of remaining in the White House for four more years.
His overall approval ratings are slightly better, but they’re still dismal. According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents believe Trump has done a good job as president, while 55 percent disapprove of his performance.
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The 60% who say the President does not deserve to be reelected is similar to the 63% who felt that way in November 2017. That outpaces his most recent predecessors at a similar stage in their presidencies. In October 2003, a CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll found that 52% of Americans thought George W. Bush did deserve reelection, and Gallup’s polling in 2011 found the share saying Barack Obama did not deserve to be reelected stood in the low 50s.
Trump has been in a hole since day one
It’s always important to remember that Donald Trump became president without majority support. Hillary Clinton beat him by millions of ballots in terms of the popular vote in 2016.
Since taking office, he has done nothing to expand his support or even attempt to win over some of the people that may have voted for his Democratic opponent.
In fact, through his Twitter rants and racist rally spewings, Trump seems to be talking to an increasingly small group of Americans. As a result, the president’s support has suffered and his reelection bid will be an uphill climb.
As Jason Easley noted earlier this month, Trump is the first president in history to never have a single day of positive approval ratings.
Donald Trump may have eked out an Electoral College victory in 2016 thanks to Russian meddling and James Comey’s infamous letter, but he did so by the slimmest of margins against an opponent that was viewed almost as unfavorably as he was.
Next year, not only will Trump be saddled with the same – or worse – favorability numbers, but he will face a Democratic opponent almost certainly more likable than one he barely beat in 2016.