Trump Ratings Hit New Low. Should Republicans Be Worried?
Posted on March 20, 2017 at 9:04 AM
BY TIM MORRIS, COLUMNIST
At what point do Republicans start worrying about President Donald Trump’s dropping job approval ratings, even if he doesn’t? Maybe now?
Gallup reported Sunday (March 19) that the president’s numbers had hit a new low with just 37 percent of Americans approving of the job he is doing, while 58 percent disapprove. That wouldn’t be good news at any point, but especially not at a time when congressional Republicans are trying to agree on a replacement for Obamacare, pass a tighter budget, make changes to the tax code, and approve a new U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Trump’s approval rating had hovered in the mid to low 40s in the first weeks of his administration, but have continued to sag since as he has made a series of missteps.
Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of Trump’s job performance. The daily results are based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 national adults and have a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
IT’S NOT JUST TRUMP: POLL SAYS HIS CABINET AND OTHER REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE UNPOPULAR TOO
BY JASON LE MIERE ON 3/20/17 AT 3:48 PM
Donald Trump has set record low approval ratings at this early stage of his presidency. But in the White House and the Republican leadership, Trump is far from alone in his unpopularity, a poll conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute earlier this month has indicated.
According to the poll, which surveyed 1,073 adults between March 3 and March 11 with a margin of error of three percent, virtually all of Trump’s staff and cabinet appointments had a higher percentage that disapproved than approved of their early job performance.
Vice President Mike Pence’s combined approval rating—those who strongly approve and somewhat approve—was marginally higher than Trump’s, 45.5 percent compared with 44.1 percent. The president did provoke more dislike, however, recording a combined disapproval rating of 51.2 percent, compared with Pence’s 43.4 percent.
Trump’s advisers have proven similarly unfavorable with Americans. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a controversial figure from the outset as a result of his time as publisher for Breitbart News, had an approval rating of 36 percent. Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, who has often been the public face of the campaign, had an approval rating of 37.2 percent, just marginally less than Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The lowest approval rating, though, belonged to Betsy DeVos. Only 34.5 percent indicated that they approved of the Michigan billionaire, who required an unprecedented tiebreaking vote from Pence to confirm her as education secretary last month.
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