A trio of polls released over the weekend did not produce good results for President Donald Trump and showed that controversies plaguing his administration are having adverse effects on the voters who won him the White House.
NBC News and Marist College jointly released the surveys.
What it showed
The polls showed that Trump’s approval ratings in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin each stand below 40 percent, while his disapproval rating in those states stand well above 50 percent.
In Michigan, 36 percent of voters said they approve of Trump while 55 percent said they disapprove. In Pennsylvania, the rating stood 35 percent approval and 54 percent disapproval, and in Wisconsin, it stood at 34 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval. The NBC/Marist polls were conducted August 13-17 after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In addition, in each of three states, more than 60 percent of respondents said they are “embarrassed” by Trump, while less than 30 percent said they are “proud” of him.
While they don’t approve of Trump, the poll found that voters are more welcoming of the economy under Trump. That includes record stock market numbers and record low unemployment. So far, more than 1 million jobs have been created under Trump.
However, the poll also found that Trump’s performance in the White House may be hurting congressional Republicans. The polled showed that a majority of voters in all three states prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress versus a Republican-controlled Congress heading into next year’s midterm elections.
What this all means
For Republicans, these numbers should be alarming. Though Trump proved to be the most unpredictable political force this country may have ever seen, uprooting all conventional political knowledge, Republicans should be concerned that he is so widely unpopular. It doesn’t help him in 2020 or Republicans, who need to retain their control of Congress next year.
If Trump and Republicans want to maintain their control of the government, they’ll need to find common — and decent — ground to make good on the promises they’ve been making for years, especially their vow to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Otherwise, the political pendulum will swing back in-favor of Democrats in 2018 and even farther in their direction in 2020.