For a president so obsessed with his public image, Donald Trump sure has no idea, judging off the numbers, how to actually improve that public image. Instead, he simply continues to stumble along like a child lost in the dark, alienating more and more people the whole time.
According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult presidential approval rating poll, about ten percent of Republicans are willing to abandon their support of the president because of his controversial comments following white supremacist fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead.
Trump has repeatedly refused to single out the Charlottesville white supremacists for condemnation, instead comparing them to the counter-protesters who met the white supremacists there in Virginia.
In last week’s edition of POLITICO‘s poll, which was conducted before the controversy over the violence in Charlottesville unfolded, 81 percent of Republicans said that they support the job that Donald Trump is doing in office. Now, only 73 percent of Republican voters say that they approve of Trump’s job performance.
From last week’s edition of the poll to this week’s edition, the president’s approval rating dropped only one percent among Democrats and Independents.
The real question is just how knuckleheaded are the aforementioned 73 percent of Republicans who still support the president. What would it take for them to abandon him? If Jesus came back and told them to abandon Trump, his base most likely wouldn’t listen due to Jesus’ dark skin complexion.
Among those who approve of the president’s job performance — which is 39 percent of voters overall — 56 percent are with the president on blaming “both sides equally” for the violence in Charlottesville. Fifteen percent of this same group blame the white nationalists over the counter-protesters, while the same number of the president’s supporters blame the counter-protesters over the white nationalists.
In other words, there is no hope for these people.
Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer, summed up the impact of Trump’s equivocating on white supremacy on his public image, saying:
‘In his remarks on Charlottesville, President Trump missed that opportunity to appeal to constituencies who don’t already side with him, according to our polling. A large majority of Democrats, 71 percent, found his reaction to be inappropriate. And just 16 percent of voters overall say that his response was unifying.’
The 39 percent of voters who were measured as approving of the president represents a new low for Trump according to POLITICO’s measurement.
Check out a chart of the average of various presidential approval rating polls below, via the Huffington Post. The latest average has him even lower than the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Trump has previously said that all negative polls are fake news, so we’ll see how he reacts to this one.
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