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Trump's Low Poll Ratings Could Affect Midterm Elections

| by David Bonner

President Donald Trump continues to have unusually low approval ratings, according to recent polls.

A new Quinnipiac University poll found that he has a 35 percent approval rating overall. In contrast, former President Barack Obama had a 62 percent approval rating at the same point in his presidency, reports The Daily Caller.

Consistent dips in approval ratings have historically had an impact on midterm elections, notes Inquisitr. Cook Political Report notes that if these trends continue, Democrats will have the upper hand going into the midterms.  

The demographic results of the Quinnipiac poll found disapproval of Trump at 51 percent among men and 63 percent among women. Almost half of white voters disapprove of Trump's performance so far, as do 77 percent of non-whites.

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Among political parties, his approval rating with Republicans has dropped 4 points since March 22. Ninety-one percent of Democrats disapprove of him, though reportedly, 9 percent of Democrats think he's doing a good job.

Trump's personality gets low ratings across the board. Sixty-one percent of voters believe he is dishonest, and 66 percent think he is not level-headed.

His policies aren't very popular, either. On the issue of health care, his approval rating is a dismal 28 percent. Sixty-one percent disapprove of his environmental policy, and 48 percent believe he is not handling the economy well. As for foreign policy, 58 percent Americans do not approve of his actions. His tough stance on immigration is disapproved of by 57 percent, and 49 percent disapprove of how he handles terrorism.

Perhaps even more damning, the Quinnipiac poll found that 61 percent think Trump doesn't share their values, 57 percent think he doesn't care about Americans, and 52 percent say they're embarrassed to have him as president.

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“President Donald Trump continues to struggle, even among his most loyal supporters," observes Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll. "Many of them would be hard pressed to see even a sliver of a silver lining in this troubling downward spiral. President George W. Bush, who hit a negative 28 percent on May 14, 2008, had less support, but it took eight years, two unpopular wars, and a staggering economy to get there."

Malloy noted the current trend happening between Trump’s approval rating today and how Congress is faring with the American people.

“As President Trump’s approval tanks, Congress, especially Republicans, follow right behind him. Indeed, 70 percent of voters disapprove of the job Republicans are doing. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan received a 28 percent approval rating, and an astonishingly low 14 percent approve of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell."

Sources: Inquisitr, Daily Caller, Cook Political Report / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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