WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Recent polls showed low approval ratings for President Donald Trump, especially among independent voters, despite the strong economy.
- Since independent voters could comprise up to 30% of the electorate in the upcoming midterm elections, these numbers could make or break the GOP’s majority in Congress.
- The midterms will be held on November 6.
Two recent polls showed President Donald Trump’s extreme unpopularity nationwide especially among independent voters, despite a strong economy. This presents a cause for alarm to the president and the Republican Party ahead of the midterm elections.
Trump’s approval rating is at a new low with just 36%, while his approval among independents was at 31%, dropping all the way from 47% last month, according to a new CNN poll.
Since recent reports suggested independent voters could comprise up to 30% of this year’s midterms electorate, the numbers could make or break the GOP’s grip on its majority in Congress.
Another poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University showed Trump’s approval rating at 38%, and only 36% of independent voters approving of Trump. It also found that 54% of American voters disapprove of the job he’s doing.
Trump’s approval from his base remains strong, however: 84% of Republicans approve of the job Trump is doing, according to the poll.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, explained that the strong economic growth isn’t winning over new voters for Trump: “The economy booms, but President Donald Trump’s numbers are a bust. An anemic 38% approval rating is compounded by lows on honesty, strength and intelligence.”
According to the Quinnipiac poll, only 32% of Americans feel the president is honest — his lowest grade for honesty since elected. Trump also received low grades on several character traits.
The low approval ratings come on the heels of allegations of chaos within his administration in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear”, along with claims in the recent anonymous New York Times op-ed of a “quiet resistance” in the White House against the president.
Midterm elections have often served as referendums on the incumbent president, making Trump’s overall unpopularity a liability for the Republicans.
The midterm elections will be held on November 6.
Source: Business Insider