Trump’s approval rating is sinking even among his most ardent supporters, and that’s really bad news for the Republicans. In today’s highly partisan times, low approval for the president might mean that GOP voters are ready to jump ship in the midterms.
The GOP doesn’t want to see that happen at all. They could lose both houses in Congress if they aren’t careful.
Trump hit a peak of 30 percent approval among his biggest supporters in February. At that time, almost one-third of the country said they “strongly approved” of the President. But lots and lots of things have happened since February, and those numbers have changed considerably.
Let’s check in with them now, shall we? Nearing the end of May, people who “strongly approve” of Trump now number closer to 21 to 22 percent, a significant drop from that 30 percent rating.
So the number of people who “strongly approve” are sinking, but another demographic is rising: people who “strongly disapprove” of the President. Right now, they outnumber the first category by about 2 to 1.
The data was collected by FiveThirtyEight’s approval ratings tracker. Their data shows that Trump’s approval ratings have been steadily headed downward.
There are so many people who now strongly disapprove of Trump, they outnumber his overall approval rating. And that’s not just among those who continue to give him strong support.
Disapproval for Trump has been growing since his election, with no new supporters coming in to jump on his bandwagon even at this early stage of his presidency.
Trump has pushed forward on some very unpopular pieces of legislation, including his travel ban on Muslims that sparked protests around the country and the failed healthcare bill that caused outrage across all 50 states.
Less support for Trump could mean fewer votes for all Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. Currently, the Republicans are enjoying a majority control of both the House and the Senate—and, of course, the White House.
If just a small percentage of Republican voters refuse to walk the party line and vote for their incumbent GOP candidates, however, control of Congress could shift dramatically to Democrats’ hands next year.
And that could change things considerably for Donald Trump, who still wants to build a wall, break the federal budget and move forward with many other plans that could be exceptionally bad for the entire country.