Trump Is Going Down…And He’s Taking His Entire Party With Him
Even ahead of the latest political fallout over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, polls are turning even more dismal for Donald Trump.
And now, he’s dragging the entire Republican party down with him.
According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, President Trump’s approval rating has again reached near-record low. Only 36 percent of registered voters approve of Trump’s performance. This is down from the previously recorded 40 percent from the same poll in April, and in stark contrast to the 58 percent who disapprove of his performance.
And, perhaps most significantly for Trump and his administration, his numbers are starting to fall even with the key demographics that put him into the White House. There is now a “split among white voters with no college degree, as 47 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove, compared to a 57 – 38 percent approval” from just last month.
In other words, even Trump’s favorite demographic – the uneducated – is bailing on him.
Most Americans View Trump As A Complete Disaster
America is also viewing Trump’s personal qualities with increasing disfavor, the poll shows.
- 61 – 33 percent that he is not honest, compared to 58 – 37 percent April 19;
- 56 – 41 percent that he does not have good leadership skills, little change;
- 59 – 38 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 57 – 42 percent April 19;
- 66 – 29 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 63 – 33 percent last month;
- 62 – 35 percent that he is a strong person, little change;
- 56 – 41 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 58 – 38 percent;
- 64 – 32 percent that he does not share their values, compared to 61 – 35 percent.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, was blunt in his assessment of Trump’s current standing in the eye of the American voter:
“There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers. [These] are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away.
“The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump’s first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump’s honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away.”
And, as far as those first 100 days in office? A majority of Americans view Trump’s first stab at governing as “mainly a failure” at 58 percent. A mere 38 percent who view it as successful.
Number after number spells disaster for Trump – all of which can be viewed at the actual poll.
Little Doubt That Democrats Are Benefiting As The GOP Crashes
And the disaster of a poll also shows that Trump is doing major damage to more than just himself. The entire GOP is suffering under this presidency. And Democrats are certainly reaping the benefit.
According to the poll, 54 percent of Americans would like to see Democrats control the House, versus only 38 percent who would like to see Republicans maintain control. This is an absolutely stunning 16 point margin. And with House Republicans facing midterm elections in 2018, it becomes very politically significant. Many Republicans are finding themselves more and more vulnerable within their home districts. Passing an incredibly unpopular healthcare bill certainly hasn’t helped, either.
Furthermore, 41 percent of Americans believe America would be in a better place, in Democrats had won the Senate, compared to 27 percent who believe it would be worse.
Why Trump’s Abysmal Showing Is Important
These numbers are significant even beyond future elections, however. The fact that the president is dragging down his entire party could very well spell impeachment for him. After all, no matter how loudly Democrats – or American citizens, for that matter – cry for impeachment, the process has to start in the House, where a majority of the members have to vote for it. And then, the impeachment case is moved on to the Senate, which tries the case.
So far, Republicans have supported Trump – likely in hopes that he would act as an official rubber stamp for their regressive agenda of slashing taxes for the wealthy and repealing the Affordable Care Act. But if they’re voted out of office, they won’t even be present to get their agenda enacted.
And take note – these numbers were gathered before the newest scandal, involving the dismissal of James Comey. Chances are, Trump will continue to tumble in the polls. And the GOP will follow.
As President Donald Trump continues to shred the Constitution in his rampage through our democracy, Congressional Republicans will continue to be forced to own him, as leader of their party – or not. And if owning Trump spells disaster at the polls, they may decide to impeach. Of course, their decision would be a political calculation rather than a driven impulse to do right by the Republic they profess to love, but if it may get Trump out of office…
…and away from those nuclear launch codes.