It appears to be a downward spiral for President Donald Trump as the latest Gallup tracking poll shows that his approval rating has plummeted by almost 10 points since early March.
On March 11, 45 percent of the country approved of Trump’s job so far. And he was showing signs of slowly gaining more trust from those who wrote him off as unqualified to run the country.
Data released on June 3 tells a story similar to the one told at the end of March; Gallup showed on Saturday that the president’s approval rating had fallen to 36 percent. Although it was a one-point improvement from the 35 percent approval rating on March 28, it’s reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s 37 percent in 1993 when he fired key staffers.
Two other polls show similar data: a mid-May Monmouth poll had Trump’s approval rating at 39 percent and a Quinnipiac University tracker showed 37 percent.
The last two-term presidents fared far better than Trump in their early terms. President Barack Obama had a 61 percent approval rating in June of 2009 in the Gallup Poll. In June of 2001, the approval rating of George W. Bush was 55 percent, according to Gallup.
A Fox News poll showed Trump’s approval rating was at 40 percent, down from 45 percent in April, which closely mirrors Gallup, Quinnipiac, and Monmouth. The Economist had Trump’s approval rating a 40 percent in May, while Reuters showed 37 percent.
Trump has responded via Twitter, accusing the polls of being wrong.
“The two fake news polls released yesterday, ABC & NBC, while containing some very positive info, were totally wrong in General E. Watch!” the president tweeted April 24.
On February 24, the NBC News poll showed 43 percent of those surveyed strongly disapproved of the job he was doing. Trump’s approval rating varied among demographic groups. The NBC poll showed 67 percent of voters under 30 disapproved of how the president was doing his job. Those over 65-years-old were split.
Talks of a Donald Trump impeachment have grown since April, largely sparked by allegations that his campaign team colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election. The Muslim travel ban and the James Comey scandal have been cited as potential reasons for the House to file articles of impeachment against the president.
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich accused Trump in May of violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with the travel ban and the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause with his real estate interests in Russia. Reich also alleged Trump labeled the press “enemy of the people,” which he claims is an impeachable offense.
As of this report, Trump has not been formally accused of anything, nor has impeachment been initiated in the House of Representatives. The House would have to first impeach the president, followed by the Senate, for the president to be removed from office. Two presidents have been impeached, but neither lost his job.
The latest poll numbers can have a significant impact on the mid-term congressional elections. According to data, when president’s approval rating is below 50 percent, his party has lost 36 seats since 1946. When the president’s approval rating has been above 50 percent, his party as only lost 14.
However, with America now leaning left on the heels of Trump’s unpopularity, Democrats are likely to make a big push to reclaim the House. In states with Republican governors, Democratic have already announced candidates for upcoming elections. In Illinois, Democrats Chris Kennedy, J.B. Pritzker, and State Sen. Daniel Biss are among those who have declared to run in the primary with hopes to unseat Chicago billionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Democrats also fear that Republican voter suppression could keep the president’s approval rating, potential scandals, and overall policies away in order to sway the midterm elections their way.
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