Donald Trump’s political rise was remarkable. He said the unspeakable, did the un-doable, and broke the long-standing paradigm that had been in place for decades in US presidential politics. He came from seemingly nowhere to pick up a handful of states and eventually win the Republican nomination. Even then, commentators said his chances of winning in the general were slim. Come the final week of the presidential campaign, the same narrative continued. A Trump win was impossible – America would see sense and back Hillary Clinton. But no, on November 8th 2016, the electoral college votes added up in such a way to give Trump the presidency.
But how popular is he almost one year on?
According to FiveThirtyEight, which compiles polling data from across America, Trump started out his presidency with a positive net approval rating (in most polls). By February, disapproval numbers increased, and the gap has been widening ever since, with polls consistently giving him negative net approval ratings.
The latest Gallup poll (29th – 31st October) puts Trump’s disapproval rating at 61%, significantly higher than his approval rating of 35%. YouGov (29th – 31st) give him a net approval rating of -12 as do Rasmussen Reports/Pulse Opinion Research (29th – 31st).
In another blow to Trump’s presidency, according to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight, Trump is the most unpopular president since after the Second World War at this stage in a respective president’s term. The only exception is Gerald Ford. The two Republicans are currently neck and neck.
Overall, Trump is a very unpopular president. The man is clearly struggling, but can anything stop him? What will the American voting public do in 2020?