Trump in Freefall as Disapproval Rate and Support for Impeachment Soar

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by Deirdre Fulton at commondreams.org

‘Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35 percent two weeks ago, to 40 percent last week, to its 46 percent standing this week’.

Two new polls reflect poorly on President Donald Trump’s brief tenure in the Oval Office, with one showing his administration is tarnishing Americans’ view of U.S. popularity around the world, and another finding voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching the president.

The Gallup poll released Friday finds Americans believe the world at-large sees the U.S. more unfavorably (57 percent) than favorably (42 percent)—the worst assessment of the country’s image in almost 10 years. “The 42 percent favorable rating is one of the lowest since Gallup began asking this question in 2000 and may be attributable to the election of Trump, whose sometimes controversial statements and actions have rankled several world leaders,” the polling outfit wrote.

(Credit: Gallup)

According to the same survey, fewer than three in 10 Americans (29 percent) say leaders of other countries have respect for the new president, with 67 percent saying world leaders do not have much respect for him. This is a sharp turnaround from how people perceived the prior two presidents. The Gallup poll was conducted February 1-5 with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

(Credit: Gallup)

Support for Impeachment Soars

Meanwhile, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey also released Friday finds that Trump’s popularity as president has “declined precipitously just over the last two weeks.”

The first PPP poll of Trump’s presidency in late January found voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44 percent approving of him and 44 percent disapproving. Now, his approval rating is 43 percent, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53 percent.

What’s more, the poll shows 46 percent in favor of impeaching Trump and 46 percent opposed. According to PPP, “Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35 percent two weeks ago, to 40 percent last week, to its 46 percent standing this week.”

While Hillary Clinton voters initially only supported Trump’s impeachment 65% to 14%, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that’s gone up already to 83% to 6%.

The agency identifies several reasons for Trump’s troubles, as per conversations with voters:

Respondents also told PPP that the television program “Saturday Night Live” has more credibility than Trump (48-43 percent, with 10 percent “not sure”).

“Finally,” PPP writes, “we continue to find that unhappiness with Trump—and with Congressional Republicans—could help Democrats to make big gains in 2018. Democrats lead 49/41 on the generic Congressional ballot. That’s partially a product of Trump’s unpopularity but also an outgrowth of [House Speaker] Paul Ryan (35/47 approval), [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (23/52 approval), and Congress as a whole (16/68 approval) being unpopular in their own rights.”

The PPP survey was conducted February 7-8, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.

4 COMMENTS

  1. again I would like to know where this information is really coming from? I’m in Upstate, NY and people around here are starting to support Trump. These people here are HUGE Democrats. This left wing media is really getting corny. Nobody is paying attention to it anymore, well they are it’s just that they are not believing it. I know about 25 to 30 people that voted Hillary, said they will vote for Trump in next election. Forget this impeachment crap. It would never happen, it makes the USA look weak.

  2. Fake polls just like always cuz the people I know opinions have gotten better because he is doing his job unlike the last looser, we had he’s keeping his word. #MAGA.

  3. I’m one of millions of Dems who voted for Trump, rather than let the DNC ram Hillary down our throats. Most of us would have preferred Bernie, but …I say we should give Trump a chance. The establishment hates him, the lying corporate media hates him, & the GOP has barely shown any support AT ALL. So in the spirit of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, I say “Go Trump”.

  4. Common..anonymous…this article is a sham. He is the most non-insider politician in history to became president. I sure hope he gets re-elected.

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