Donald Trump has been a historically unpopular and divisive president since the very start of his term in office. During no point in his White House stay has the majority of the country approved of him.
As he continually shows himself to be incapable of presidential behavior, that trend seems unlikely to change. Indeed, in a new poll released by Public Policy Polling, Trump is at one of his lowest approval ratings so far.
PPP found the following:
Donald Trump has one of the worst approval ratings we’ve found for him since he took office this month, with only 39% of voters approving of the job he’s doing to 54% who disapprove. 54% of voters wish Barack Obama was still President, to only 40% who are glad that Trump is.
They also tested hypothetical matchups between Trump and various Democrats to see who he would lose against if an election were held today. Hint: It’s all of them. He’d lose to all of them:
‘Trump fares poorly on several basic leadership metrics. 52% of voters characterize him as a ‘liar,’ to 41% who disagree with that description. 57% of voters still want to see his tax returns, to only 38% who are alright with him keeping them private. And just 38% think he has delivered on his core promise to ‘Make America Great Again,’ to 54% who say he has not.
‘In hypothetical match ups for reelection Trump trails Joe Biden 56-39, Bernie Sanders 55-39, Elizabeth Warren 51-40, Cory Booker 49-39, Kamala Harris 43-39, and Kirsten Gillibrand 42-40. Trump is consistently at 39% or 40% no matter who you poll him against.’
Right now, he’d even lose—by a single point—to Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels). Interestingly, when using the name “Stormy Daniels,” she scores 10 points lower in the poll:
‘Stephanie Clifford leads Trump 42-41 in a hypothetical match up for reelection. But tested under her stage name of Stormy Daniels, she trails Trump 41-32. Trump’s 41% is consistent across the two match ups, but when Clifford shifts to Daniels she loses 10 points of her support.’
Oh, and Americans think Joe Biden would probably beat him up:
37% of voters think Joe Biden would win a fistfight with Donald Trump, 32% think Trump would win, and 30% have no opinion either way.
The poll also revealed a number of other things that don’t bode well for Republicans this November. Overwhelmingly, voters support the Dream Act and oppose a wall. Even Trump supporters support the Dream Act. According to PPP, “Voters really do not like the wall with Mexico. Only 35% support it, to 58% who are opposed.”
The NRA received general disapproval from voters, with most Americans instead supporting the student activists from Parkland, Florida. An astonishing 87 percent of Americans support universal background checks. As the poll notes, that’s higher than the 81 percent of people who agree the sky is blue (to those of you that don’t agree, why? Pedantry? It’s black half the time and white/gray sometimes? It’s not technically blue, it’s just a visual effect? Why can’t the sky just be blue? Who hurt you?).
Americans also support a ban on assault weapons by almost 40 points (64-26). Additionally, only one in three voters thinks giving teachers guns is a good idea.
Perhaps the most damning result for Republicans has to do with the generic Congressional ballot. The poll reveals that if the midterms were held tomorrow, Democrats would hold an 11 point lead nationally (55-39).
‘“The generic Congressional ballot reflects what we’ve already seen in special elections across the country this year,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Democrats have a strong advantage and it gets even stronger among the folks who are most fired up to vote this year.”’
Republicans should watch out. 2018 is not looking like a good year for the GOP.
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