Donald Trump bragged on Sunday about how well he’s doing in the “real polls,” with a 96 percent approval rating among Republican voters, but no legitimate poll released in recent days bears that out. On Monday, a new Gallup poll showed that Trump’s approval rating is holding steady at close to its lowest point so far, and he’s losing ground with voters.
Trump’s approval rating is currently at 38 percent overall, which is close to his 2019 low of 37 percent and his all-time low of 33 percent. While his ratings went up slightly during the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning, voter approval has since dipped as a second resurgence is evident, unemployment rates continue to be higher than at any point in U.S. history since the Great Depression, and civil unrest rages across the country.
At this point in their presidencies, only two incumbent president have had an approval rating in the 30 percent range: Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Notably, neither of those presidents were elected to a second term. The lowest rating going into a second term election was President Obama at 46 percent, a number Trump isn’t even close to at this point.
Over the past year, Trump’s approval rating has fluctuated widely. His numbers have only once shown in the Gallup polls to not be underwater, when in May his approval rating was 49 percent and his disapproval rating at 48 percent. In just one month, however, Trump went from that to a negative 19 percent rating in June.
Trump is also not at a 96 percent approval rating with Republican voters in the Gallup poll. He scored a 91 percent among GOP voters, but more interesting, his approval rating among Independents is sinking fast, with a six percent drop in just one month. With the 2020 elections right around the corner, a loss of Independent votes should have the Trump team worried, indeed.
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