This PPP result had to be been painful. A full 53 percent of the interviewees wished Obama was still president vs. 43 percent for Trump. Even worse, 49 percent wished Secretary Hillary Clinton was president compared to 43 percent for Trump.
The man currently sitting in the Oval Office was the only president in recent history to never break the 50 percent mark in his first two years. PPP found that Trump was losing 41 percent and 42 percent going one-on-one against seven likely Democratic candidates for the 2020 election:
‘He trails Joe Biden 53-41, Bernie Sanders 51-41, Kamala Harris 48-41, Beto O’Rourke 47-41, Elizabeth Warren 48-42, and Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand each 47-42.’
If Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) went up against the president, the senator would win 45 percent to 41 percent. If House Speaker and second in line for the presidency Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went against Trump she would win 47 percent to his 44 percent.
PPP indicated that only 40 percent of voters believes Trump was doing a good job versus 57 percent disapproving. Dean Debnam President of Public Policy Polling said:
‘It really doesn’t matter which Democratic hopeful you test against him right now. Voters prefer any of them over Trump at halftime of his Presidency.’
A mere 35 percent of likely voters agreed that Trump should have shut down the government until he gets funding for his wall. A full 60 percent disagreed. The interviewees believed that Congress should vote today to open without wall funding vs. 38 percent who disagreed.
The percent of voters who blamed Trump and the Republicans in Congress for the government shutdown was 55 percent, 43 percent blame the Democrats in Congress.
Regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow, 45 percent believed that Trump has committed crimes since he began running for president vs. 41 percent who did not believe that he had. If the Mueller investigation finds Trump committed a crime, 61 percent believed he should be indicted and prosecuted in the courts vs. 30 percent who disagreed. A full 46 percent supported impeachment vs. 44 percent who were opposed.
‘We are still waiting on the findings of the Mueller investigation. But voters are expecting him to find that Trump has committed crimes, and they want him to be prosecuted for them.’
Regarding the historical perspective, PPP indicated:
‘We asked voters to put Trump’s Presidency so far in historic context. 44% say Trump is the worst President of the last 40 years to 31% for Barack Obama with no one else polling in double digits. Obama wins when it comes to who voters say is the best President of the last 40 years with 31% to 26% for Ronald Reagan, 15% for Trump, and 11% for Bill Clinton.’
PPP interviewed 760 registered voters based on a random sampling beginning on January 19th through 21st. The number of participants who answered via the phone was 76 percent, while 24 percent did not have landlines. They completed the survey over the internet using an opt-in internet panel. The margin of error was +/- 3.6 percentage points.
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