Don’t believe the hype: Trump’s approval rating is holding at 45% despite daily attacks and gov shutdown

ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 17: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks during a Missile Defense Review announcement on January 17, 2019 at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia. Trump pushed for a more aggressive missle defense system to counter threats from North Korea, Russia and China. (Photo by Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images)
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A poll released on the 32nd day of the ongoing government shutdown showed that a notable 45 percent of U.S. voters still approved of President Donald Trump’s performance.

Released this Tuesday to The Hill, the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll in fact showed a one percentage point increase from the approve number the president enjoyed last month.

“Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, said that despite the ongoing government shutdown, Trump’s approval rating has been buoyed largely by a positive perceptions of his economic performance,” The Hill reported.

According to the poll, a 57 percent majority of U.S. voters gave Trump high marks for stimulating jobs, while a 54 percent majority approved his handling of the economy.

Those are impressive numbers for a man who’s demonized daily by the Democrat Party and their media allies as a raging racist who wants to “make America white again.”

They’re equally impressive for someone who’s been blamed almost exclusively (except for rare cases) for the government shutdown, which was triggered last month when Senate Democrats refused to lend their support to an omnibus spending bill that would have funded the government and appropriated some money for a much-needed border wall.

To this day Democrats refuse to negotiate toward a compromise.

These poll numbers matter because the 2020 elections happen to be just around the corner.

“This represents a better start of the election cycle than either [former Presidents Barack] Obama or [Bill] Clinton had, but so far he has shown little ability to climb past this point,” Penn said.

The latter remark about climbing “past this point” was more in reference to other data from the poll showing that only 36 percent of voters would definitely or probably vote for Trump.

“By comparison, 43 percent said that they would either definitely or probably vote for the eventual Democratic nominee,” The Hill reported. “Ten percent of respondents said they plan to vote for an independent or other candidate in 2020, while another 11 percent are unsure about how they will cast their ballot in the next presidential election, the poll found.”

The president’s likability also fared poorly, with only 29 percent of voters saying they “like him personally” versus the whopping 58 percent who said bluntly that they dislike the man.

The good news is that the Democrat politicians most likely to run for office in 2020 are just as disliked — if not more-so — than the president. Polled late last year about whom they prefer to run against Trump in 2020, a thirty percent plurality of Democrats chose “none of the above.”

What remains unclear is whether this poll signifies anything. Several Hill.TV commentators noted at the time that Trump didn’t even announce his candidacy for president til mid 2015, nearly a full year after the 2014 midterm elections. The same applies to Sen. Ted Cruz.

“The first declared candidate was Ted Cruz,” commentator Michael Cornfield noted. “He declared his candidacy in March of 2015, so I think some of these candidates in the Democratic side will beat that and will declare even earlier, but it’s a long road.”

His point was that the person who ultimately winds up becoming the Democrat presidential nominee in 2020 may not have even declared his or her candidacy yet.



What’s also unknown is how the public will react if and when the shutdown crisis resolves. If the president manages to secure funding for the wall, his favorability could conceivably rise among the large number of Americans who support his tough immigration approach, including Latinos.

A recent poll found that Trump’s approval ratings have spiked by 19 points among Latinos within the past month alone. Is that because of him standing up for America’s immigration laws?

Last weekend the president proposed a grand compromise that calls for Democrats agreeing to approve $5.7 billion in funding for a southern U.S. border wall in exchange for him president granting extended temporary protections to the Democrats’ beloved DACA and TPS recipients.

The Democrats, whose own poll numbers are in the sewers, have already rejected it.



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