The results of a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll reveal that President Obama’s approval ratings have skyrocketed in the week following the Democratic National Convention.
Obama’s current overall approval rating is 55 percent, which is a significant leap from where his ratings have been for much of his second term as president. As Yahoo Finance points out, Obama’s approval ratings have been stuck in the mid- to low-40 percent range for the majority of his second term.
There is not one clear explanation for why Obama’s approval ratings have risen, but one suggestion is the unpopularity of Donald Trump. Andrew Dugan, a Gallup analyst, and Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor-in-chief, suggested that the “unusual status of the Republican primary race” has affected Obama’s approval. The two explained that, when placed next to Republican nominee Donald Trump, Obama may look “statesmanlike in comparison.”
It is certainly true that many voters are not pleased with their options for the 2016 election. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have abysmal favorability ratings, as the Washington Post-ABC News poll pointed out.
The poll revealed that 61 percent of voters find Trump unfavorable and only 36 percent have a favorable view of him. Clinton’s favorability ratings are slightly better: 52 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of her, while 46 percent view her favorably.
It does seem that President Obama’s improved ratings are helping to elevate Clinton, though. Despite those who have negative opinions of Clinton, in this poll, she and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, came out ahead of Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence by a whopping eight points. Clinton and Kaine lead Trump and Pence 50 percent to 42 percent among registered voters.
When Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein are brought into the equation, Clinton still beats Trump by eight points. She receives 45 percent of the vote in this scenario while Trump receives 37 percent. Johnson receives 8 percent and Stein receives 4.
The lead shown in the Washington Post-ABC News poll is very similar to the lead that the Real Clear Politics polling average shows Clinton having. According to the average of several polls, Clinton is leading Trump nationally by 7 points.
Trump did experience a boost in support following the Republican National Convention, but after a series of campaign missteps, including inviting Russian hackers to locate Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails and picking a fight with the parents of a fallen army captain, Trump is struggling to receive the support he so desperately needs.
Donald Trump’s campaign also hasn’t benefited from President Obama calling him “unfit to serve as president” during a press conference with Singapore’s prime minister. Obama also had some strong words for the Republicans who continue to endorse Trump.
‘The question that I think that they have to ask themselves is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard bearer? This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making.’
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