Trump weekly approval rating reaches 11-month high: 42%; disapproval rating is 53%

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    Trump Job Approval (for the week ending August 26, 2018)

    Approval rating: 41%

    Disapproval rating: 54%

    Days remaining before midterm elections: 71

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    Roaring economy isn't lifting Donald Trump approval rating. He has only himself to blame.

    What’s a guy have to do to be popular?

    Unemployment is 3.9 percent. Gasoline prices are up, but at $2.84 (AAA’s national average), they still seem far from “ouch” territory. Retailers, restaurants and summer vacation spots say business is good. The stock market is once again touching all-time highs. On Wednesday, the government said the economy grew at a 4.2 percent pace in the second quarter — faster than first thought. It's the fifth best quarter in fact, for the last decade.

    And yet, says an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey, 62 percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track. As for the man at the top, President Donald Trump’s approval — as measured by the FiveThirtyEight average of all polls — is an anemic 41.5 percent.

    When the economy’s this good, the president usually gets the credit. In 1999 and 2000, during the last two years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, the stock market was booming, gas was cheap, people had money to burn. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent. Sounds familiar, right? Yet Clinton’s approval was in the 60s, at times hitting 66 percent — 25 percentage points higher than Trump now.

    Bad Trump numbers are good for Democrats

    These numbers spell trouble as the November midterms approach. The president’s name won’t be on any ballot, but midterms are always about the man in the Oval Office. FiveThirtyEight and two closely watched political forecasters — the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and the Cook Political Report — all say the stage is set for a Democratic takeover of the House. This in turn could mean — as the president himself acknowledged on Fox News last week — that he could face impeachment next year.

    Here’s the question: With the best economy we’ve seen in a generation, why is Trump reviled and disrespected by most of the country?

    The answer lies within Trump himself. He is reviled and disrespected because he gives reason to revile and disrespect. His self-constructed dilemma is this: If he would just tone it down, take the high road, show, for once, that he is capable of class and decency and integrity and honesty, then his numbers would begin to inch up.

    But Trump can’t do these things because that’s not who he is. It’s not in his DNA to be honest. It’s not in his DNA to be decent. Just ask the family of the late Sen. John McCain, the Gold Star parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, the students of Trump University, or members of any minority. We disapprove of Donald Trump because he equivocates on matters that are beyond equivocation.

    Public opinion is not just eroding among Americans. Fact: At the beginning of Trump’s presidency, 64 percent of the world had confidence in the U.S. president; at the end of June 2017 — just five months later — only 22 percent did. The Pew global survey of 37 nations added that those holding a favorable view of the United States slipped by 15 points to 49 percent.

    Trump and his nativist “America First” followers might say who cares what the world thinks? My response: Try asking someone you’ve dissed for a favor. Then there is this: 41 million American jobs — 1 in 5 — are linked to trade (and the casualties of Trump's trade wars already have begun).

    Who cares what other countries think?

    Perhaps our head-in-the-sand president and his band of eager believers might want to acknowledge that we need the rest of the world just as it needs us. Here are two questions for them: 1) What happens when and if we need help from countries that Trump has alienated with his antics? And 2) How does the world laughing at us help with the whole “Make America Great Again” thing?

    I’ve said it before and it bears repeating: Whenever Trump’s supporters are confronted with these realities, their default response is, “Well, we know he's not Mother Teresa, but unemployment is down and stocks are up.” It’s acceptable, then, to lower our standards with such a trade-off? It’s OK to have a president who surrounds himself with felons and corner-cutting grifters? Who is genetically incapable of instilling pride in more than just a small subset of the country? Who mocks the ethos that once made us the envy of the world?

    This is why even a roaring economy can't lift Donald Trump’s numbers.

    I do give the president credit for something very important: He has reminded us that the values we cherish must never be taken for granted. He is a bull running about unchecked in our fragile china shop of a democracy. His base, blind to the lies, selfishness and shameless self-dealing, doesn't seem to mind. For this, they must be written off.

    For the rest of us, the Trump era can be seen as a clarion call for change. Trump is not the cause of our problems but the result of them. We can and must do better — and when we do, that’s when America will be great again.

    Roaring economy isn't lifting Donald Trump approval rating. He has only himself to blame. - USA TODAY https://apple.news/ANhnRqgfQRWq4aFcuNSe-2A
     
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    Post-ABC Poll: President’s disapproval rating hits new high
    Many more support Mueller and Sessions.

    President Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel’s Russia investigation and say the president should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    At the dawn of the fall campaign sprint to the midterm elections, which will determine whether Democrats retake control of Congress, the poll finds a majority of the public has turned against Trump and is on guard against his efforts to influence the Justice Department and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging probe.

    Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office, while 46 percent say Congress should not.

    And a narrow majority — 53 percent — say they think Trump has tried to interfere with Mueller’s investigation in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice; 35 percent say they do not think the president has tried to interfere.

    Overall, 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance, with 36 percent approving, according to the poll. This is only a slight shift from the last Post-ABC survey, in April, which measured Trump’s rating at 56 percent disapproval and 40 percent approval.

    The new poll was conducted Aug. 26 to 29, in the week after former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of federal tax and bank fraud and after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty and implicated the president in illegal payments to silence women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump.

    The four-month gap between Post-ABC polls makes it difficult to attribute the modest uptick in disapproval of Trump to specific events. Other public polls have shown Trump’s disapproval rating in the low- to mid-50s and have not tracked a rise since the Manafort conviction and Cohen guilty plea.

    Trump has tried to rally support for Republican candidates in the Nov. 6 elections by pointing to his economic record. This week’s poll finds that despite the president’s unpopularity with voters, he gets better ratings when it comes to the economy: 45 percent of Americans approve and 47 percent disapprove of Trump’s handling of the economy.

    Trump’s overall popularity breaks down along lines of partisanship, ethnicity and gender, according to the poll. While 78 percent of Republicans approve of his performance, 93 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents disapprove. More men support him than women, and while 45 percent of whites back him, 19 percent of nonwhites approve.

    The poll finds that there are clear limitations to Trump’s efforts all summer to politicize and discredit the Russia investigation. The president has fired a near-daily barrage of tweets labeling the probe a “witch hunt” and attacking the credibility of Mueller and several current and former Justice Department officials.

    But 63 percent of Americans support Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, with 52 percent saying they support it strongly ; 29 percent oppose the probe.

    Opinions on Mueller’s work also break down on partisan lines, with 61 percent of Republicans opposing the probe but an even larger 85 percent of Democrats expressing support. Among independents, however, a two-thirds majority of 67 percent back the investigation.

    Trump has complained that Manafort was treated unfairly by Mueller’s prosecutors, and after a jury convicted Manafort earlier this month the president tweeted that he felt “very badly” for him.

    But 67 percent of Americans think Mueller’s case against Manafort was justified, while 17 percent say it was unjustified, according to the poll.

    Trump’s praise of Manafort has stirred speculation that he might pardon his former campaign chairman, but the poll finds that it would be a political land mine for the president. Two-thirds of Americans oppose Trump pardoning Manafort — 53 percent strongly oppose it — and 18 percent support a pardon.

    Trump has ratcheted up his public attacks on Sessions in recent weeks and has consulted his personal attorneys and other advisers about firing the attorney general, whom he has viewed as insufficiently loyal after Sessions recused himself last year from overseeing the Russia investigation because of a conflict of interest.

    But the public is squarely behind Sessions. Sixty-four percent of Americans do not think Trump should fire Sessions, with 19 percent saying he should and 17 percent saying they have no opinion. Nearly half of Republicans, 47 percent, say Trump should not fire the attorney general, with 31 percent saying he should.

    Just under a quarter of Americans, 23 percent, say they agree with Trump’s criticisms of Sessions for allowing the Mueller investigation to proceed, while 62 percent say they side with Sessions, who has said he is following the law.

    Two-thirds of Americans say they had read or heard at least some of the news about Cohen’s guilty plea to eight violations of banking, tax and campaign finance laws, though less than a quarter heard “a great deal” about the news.

    Cohen told a federal judge last week that before the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Trump directed him to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public.

    The poll finds that 61 percent of Americans think that Trump committed a crime if he did direct Cohen to make the payments, while 31 percent say he did not commit a crime.

    Democrats are hoping to retake control of one or both houses of Congress in November’s elections. If they do, party leaders will face pressure from their energized base to use congressional oversight committees to investigate potential misconduct by the president and his administration, as well as perhaps begin impeachment proceedings.

    The survey finds a clear partisan divide on the issue. While 75 percent of Democrats say Congress should beginimpeachment hearings, 82 percent of Republicans say lawmakers should not. Among independents, 49 percent support impeachment while 46 percent oppose it.

    The Post-ABC poll was conducted among a random national sample of 1,003 adults reached on conventional and cellphones; the margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

    Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions - The Washington Post https://apple.news/A054ZID_xQtixuI18Ze6amw
     
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    Trump Job Approval (for the week ending September 2, 2018)

    Approval rating: 41%

    Disapproval rating: 53%

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    Approval rating: 40%

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    Donald Trump's Approval Rating Will Decide Whether GOP Keeps Control of House in Midterms, Says Leading Republican
    "It's just going to be chaos," Kevin McCarthy said.

    Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says that whether the GOP keeps control of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections depends on Donald Trump's approval rating.

    McCarthy predicts that although House Republicans are likely to lose many seats this November in what some experts have predicted to be a blue wave election, the party may be able to hold on to a narrow majority if Trump's approval rating stays relatively high.

    McCarthy says that if the president can stay at a 43 percent approval rating, Republicans have a chance to keep their majority in the House, according to a New York Times report.

    "It's week by week of where the weather is at — and it's ever changing," the lawmaker said about the political climate throughout the country. "Let's just hope it's a sunny day on Election Day."

    Republican leaders are now trying to shift the focus of their midterm campaigns away from Trump and toward the possible consequences of a Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Topping the list of their concerns is the possibility that Democrats, if armed with control of Congress, will seek to impeach Trump.

    "It's just going to be chaos" if Democrats win a majority, McCarthy said.

    Two new polls show Trump's approval rating has fallen below 40 percent. A CNN survey released on Monday found the president's approval had dropped from 42 percent to 38 percent in the month of August. Another poll by Quinnipiac University also found Trump's approval rating to be at 38 percent.

    The Quinnipiac poll also found that over half of Americans believe Trump is not fit to serve as president. Sixty-five percent also said that the president is not "level-headed" and over 40 percent say he is not mentally stable.

    But Trump has remained confident, repeatedly saying that his administration is doing a great job and that no one will be able to seriously challenge him during his re-election campaign in 2020. He has also accused Democrats of lying and downplaying his success in the White House.

    "The Dems have tried every trick in the playbook-call me everything under the sun. But if I'm all of those terrible things, how come I beat them so badly, 306-223? Maybe they're just not very good! The fact is they are going CRAZY only because they know they can't beat me in 2020!," Trump tweeted last week.

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    Trump Job Approval (for the week ending September 16, 2018)

    Approval rating: 38%

    Disapproval rating: 56%

    Days remaining before midterm elections: 50

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    Approval rating: 40%

    Disapproval rating: 56%

    Days remaining before midterm elections: 43

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    Trump Job Approval (for the week ending September 30, 2018)

    Approval rating: 42%

    Disapproval rating: 53%

    Days remaining before midterm elections: 36

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    Approval rating: 43%

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    Approval rating: 44%

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