Lots of buzz yesterday about a new Quinnipiac University poll showing dismal numbers for President Trump. Only 33 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Trump’s job performance; 61 percent said they disapproved.
“This is President Trump’s lowest approval and highest disapproval number since he was inaugurated,” Quinnipiac said. “American voters say 54 – 26 percent that they are embarrassed rather than proud to have Trump as president. Voters say 57 – 40 percent he is abusing the powers of his office.”
The poll’s nearly 2-to-1 unfavorable rating is striking, but it’s not an outlier: Every major national poll conducted last month shows Americans disapproving of Trump’s performance by double-digit margins, RealClearPolitics says. Even in Arkansas — which voted overwhelmingly for Trump — the president’s approval rating slipped from 60 percent in February to 50 percent in July, according to polling by Talk Business & Politics / Hendrix College. (His disapproval rate rose from 35 percent to 47 between those two months.)
Beyond schadenfreude, the poll numbers are important for one simple reason. Congressional Republicans’ willingness to challenge the president — including potentially removing him from office, should it come to that — depends largely on his perceived popularity. That’s not to say GOP…
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