Poll: More than half disapprove of Trump’s job performance

Poll: More than half disapprove of Trump’s job performance

Trump speaks to reporters as he departs White House for Indiana, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House. (File photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – More than half of U.S. voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll found that 53% of the respondents said they do not think Trump is doing a good job and 46% said they do think he is doing a good job.

Moreover, 42% said they strongly disapprove of Trump’s job performance and 31% said they strongly approve.

The survey included 1,500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Tuesday’s presidential tracking poll is Rasmussen’s second for September. Monday’s tracking poll showed Trump’s approval rating at 45%.

A recent Gallup poll showed Trump’s approval rating at 41%.

Barack Obama had a 42% approval rating at roughly the same point in his presidency, according to Gallup.

The 2020 Presidential Election is roughly 14 months away.

Former Rep. Jason Altmire, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said Trump’s arguably low poll numbers in key midwestern battleground states could spell trouble come Election Day.

“Most concerning for his (Trump’s) campaign should be his poor polling in the key midwestern swing states, where he won by a razor-thin margin in 2016. Unless Democrats nominate a fringe candidate whose rhetoric is out-of-step with mainstream voters, it’s very difficult to see a path for the president to win again.”

Richard Vatz, a professor of political persuasion at Towson University in Maryland, said Trump is likely to win re-election if the economy remains strong.

“Were I Donald Trump, save for the possibility of a recession, I would be wary but not overly concerned. The national polls are largely irrelevant; the state polls are what matters, and even those are suspect, as much key state polling was incorrect in 2016, such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin. and Florida.”

Vatz added: “The polling errors are particularly acute with Donald Trump, whose supporters see and distrust the polls as part of the Democratic establishment and often opt out of participating or giving accurate accounts of their positions.”

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