A new Qunnipiac University poll, provides devastating numbers for the President. I encourage you to study the poll for yourself. But damn, what an ass whopping.
The overall approval ratings hit a record low of 33%, with 61% disapproving and 55% “strongly disapproving” (as opposed to merely disapproving). That Americans by nearly 2 to 1 now disapprove of the President’s performance does not tell the whole story. After all, his base mostly hang with him with 76% of Republicans still approving. But 17% of Republicans still disapproved and of those swing voting independents, 60% disapproved.
There were also bigger cracks amongst Republicans on specific matters suggesting his support is eroding even there. An incredible 71% of Americans said Trump is not level headed, including 37% (well over a third) of Republicans (74% of Independents said the President is not level headed).
A flat out majority of 54% of Republicans said Trump should not continue tweeting from his personal Twitter account. Trump continues to defend his doing so blaming opposition to his twittering on “the Fake News Media and Trump enemies.”
But the truth is a majority of Republicans, most of whom continue to back him overall, but are telling his to stop this Twitter garbage.
However, these poll numbers represent what should be an even more frightening concern for Trump. He hits these record lows, unprecedented for any modern President this early in his term, as the economy is booming. This poll was released on a day the stock market hit a record high.
The real story here is when economic numbers turn against him, even if briefly. The economy is cyclical. The stock market is cyclical. Ups have downs. The President is one stock market correction away from approval numbers that will crater at Hoover-esque levels well below 30%. The one thing Republicans have to hang their support for him on is really quite ethereal.
Nixon’s approval rating was about 28% when the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach him. At 33% Trump is already dabbling dangerously close to that with ratings facing the headwinds of strong economic figures.