- President Donald Trump is rapidly losing favour among independent voters and has a low approval rating in general despite a strong economy, two new polls show.
- Recent reports have suggested independents could make up as much as 30% of the electorate in this year’s midterms, meaning they could make or break the GOP’s majority in Congress.
- The midterms are scheduled for November 6.
President Donald Trump is rapidly losing favour among independent voters and has a low approval rating in general despite a strong economy, two new polls show, providing fresh warning signals for the president and the Republican Party ahead of the midterm elections.
A new CNN poll found Trump’s approval rating to be just 36% and put his approval among independents at 31%, a new low and down all the way from 47% last month.
Recent reports have suggested independents could make up as much as 30% of the electorate in the November midterms, meaning they could make or break the GOP’s grip on its congressional majorities.
A separate poll from Quinnipiac University, also released Monday, found Trump’s approval rating to be 38% and found 54% of American voters disapproved of the job he’s doing. It also found just 36% of independent voters approved of Trump.
The poll did show, however, that Trump’s approval with his base remained strong. Eighty-four per cent of Republicans surveyed approved of the job Trump was doing.
Strong economic growth also doesn’t seem to be winning over new voters for Trump, however.
“The economy booms, but President Donald Trump’s numbers are a bust,” Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement. “An anemic 38% approval rating is compounded by lows on honesty, strength, and intelligence.”
The Quinnipiac poll found just 32% of Americans felt the president was honest, which it said was his lowest grade for honesty since he was elected. In addition, Trump received low grades from American voters on an array of character traits.
Trump’s low approval ratings nationwide come as his administration fights off allegations of chaos within his administration in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” as well as claims in a recent anonymous New York Times op-ed article of a “quiet resistance” against the president within the White House.
Midterm elections often serve as referendums on the incumbent president, which makes Trump’s overall unpopularity a liability for Republicans.
The midterm elections are on November 6.
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