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CNN (36 percent), Quinnipiac (38 percent) and Gallup (40 percent) all recently reported lousy approval ratings for President Trump. We don't yet know if this is statistical noise, or whether the combination of Bob Woodward's book, the anonymous New York Times op-ed, the Paul Manafort conviction and the Michael Cohen guilty plea have cumulatively taken a toll on Trump's support.

These rotten numbers come despite another strong jobs report, highlighting the depth of the president's unpopularity. A bear market, one imagines, would send his numbers even lower, setting off panic in Republican quarters.

The CNN poll offers some additional data of interest to candidates on the ballot in November. Trump's strong disapproval number is nearly 50 percent (48 percent, to be exact), whereas his "strongly approve" number is below 30 percent (27 percent).

He is just below 50 percent approval for his handling of the economy, but his other policy numbers are atrocious. On trade (53 percent disapproval to 35 percent approval), immigration (59 to 35) and foreign policy (56 to 36), voters' disapproval far outstrips their approval. Republicans in deep-red regions might want to rethink running on "Helping Trump's agenda." It's the last thing majorities of Americans in many areas want to succeed.

Trump's personal qualities rate poorly as well, be it on "cares about people like you" (36 percent say yes, 62 percent say no); "can bring the kind of change we need" (40 to 57); is "honest and trustworthy" (32 to 65); "effectively manages government" (41 to 56); is "uniting the country" (30 to 67); and is someone respondents are "proud to have as president" (32 to 64).

As other polls have shown, Trump polls terribly among women voters (29 percent approval, 65 percent disapproval), college graduates (31 to 65), white college graduates (34 to 63) and independents (31 to 59). It is only because of his strong support among Republicans (82 percent) and a small margin of support among white non-college-educated voters (50 percent approval to 45 percent disapproval) that the bottom hasn't dropped out of his overall approval numbers.

Unless you are a Republican running for a seat in a deep-red area (and therefore should not theoretically need presidential support), you'd have to be foolish to either identify with Trump or, worse, be seen with him.

Increasingly, Republicans are down to ludicrous negative barbs (an attack ad from Sen. Ted Cruz portrays his opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, as pro-flag burning), conspiracy-mongering and/or whipping up fear of an impeachment battle. Listen, if Trump keeps going downhill, impeachment is going to sound more like a feature, not a bug, that comes with electing Democrats.

Editorial on 09/13/2018

Print Headline: The polls don't look good


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  • mozarky2
    September 13, 2018 at 5:25 a.m.

    Rasmussen,the most accurate polling service in 2016 has President Trump's approval at 45% as of yesterday.

  • WGT
    September 13, 2018 at 7:09 a.m.

    This administration has nothing to do with the soundness of the present economy.
    Polls are iffy, at best. The one standard is the unbecoming gloating, the blatant mendacity, and utter robbery of public funds by this psychoholic administration as it lumbers along wrecking every standard of decency. The one added impact to the disease is the blind faith support of the citizens who have been duped by the gaslighting.

  • RBear
    September 13, 2018 at 7:21 a.m.

    moz Rasmussen is one of several polls and typically tilts right. It's not "the most accurate polling service" as you like to claim. Right now, the RCP average shows 40.6 approve and 53.6 disapprove. Regardless, the majority of the country has continually disapproved of Trump since his election. In fact, Rasmussen is an outlier if you look at all the polls.
    It must really suck to be such an ignorant underachiever on looking at these things.

  • abb
    September 13, 2018 at 7:41 a.m.

    LOL! ...the same people said Hillary had greater than 90% chance of being POTUS, too. Polls.......LOL!

  • RBear
    September 13, 2018 at 8:17 a.m.

    Yet another idiot on the right. Keep sticking that head in the sand, abb. You are a relic that will soon be irrelevant in the Republican Party as younger, more rational conservatives shove you out.

  • Jfish
    September 13, 2018 at 8:33 a.m.

    It is quite comical watching people comment on polls based on how it fits in with their narrative.

  • mozarky2
    September 13, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

    Funny watching RB lie, too.
    Rasmussen WAS the most accurate poll in 2016.

  • SWAL
    September 13, 2018 at 9:01 a.m.

    Hey BRear, Do you think everyone should get a trophy? If not, you should look for a new hobby, you're not very good at this. Can't you comment without calling names..?

  • RobertBolt
    September 13, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

    I don't need polls to tell me the great majority considers Trump a vile individual we strongly encourage our children not to emulate, but any other survey finding would have utterly discredited the pollster.

  • RBear
    September 13, 2018 at 9:10 a.m.

    SWAL just those who really don’t have a clue. Past history has proven both moz and abb don’t have the best track records.