Tuesday, July 18, 2017

a slip and fall

Polling released Sunday confirmed how far President Trump has slipped.

The Washington Post/ABC News survey found that 58% of American voters disapprove of Trump's performance in office. (Oh my!)

That's the worst grade of any president at this point in his tenure since modern polling began in the 1940s.

63% of American voters thought “the meeting with Russians” was "inappropriate."

The poll showed further slide in Trump's standing since last poll in April. Many other polls in the intervening weeks have also documented that drop.

Most of the decline appeared in May – when Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey and the House passed the Republican healthcare bill, which is extremely unpopular.

Trump tried to brush aside the new poll, saying in a tweet that the Post/ABC poll had been inaccurate during the 2016 election.

That's a lie. The Post/ABC was off by about 2 percentage points from the actual election results. Even if it's currently wrong by the same amount, Trump would remain -- by far -- the most unpopular president.

But the poll also shows the president has largely kept support within his own party.

While Democrats and independents disapprove of Trump's performance by YUGE margins, those who supported Trump during the election continue to approve, 82%-15%.

Trump's position somewhat resembles that of Clinton’s second term -- the only other modern president who suffered from a large disapproval from a majority of voters.

Trump's poor standing threatens Republican control of the House in 2018.

Trump took office with the economy seven years into a slow recovery from the worst recession since the 1930s. So far this year, economic growth has been lagging a bit.

A new NBC/Wall St. Journal survey looked at counties Trump carried in 2016. Only 50% of adults in those areas still approve of Trump. That is far below Trump's support in those counties during the election, which averaged around 60%. The figure shows a real slide in Trump's backing in the places crucial to GOP treading water in 2018. It could become a water fall!

No comments: