A new Marist College poll was recently released, revealing an intriguing trend: About 20 percent of Americans rate President Donald Trump’s performance as excellent, 20 percent will rate him as pretty good, 13 percent will say that he is doing a fair job, and 45 percent of Americans say that he is doing poorly. Of course, this poll runs through party lines, with only 2 percent of Democrats saying that Trump is doing an excellent job, and about half of Republicans saying that he is doing excellent. Democrats are far more likely to denounce Trump, with 80 percent giving him a poor rating, juxtaposed with only 6 percent of Republicans.
Trump’s poll numbers have experienced only a slight upward and downward trend throughout his term, maintaining low but relatively steady approval rating. He’s also had a consistently high disapproval rating. Because his numbers remained somewhat static, some former presidents have caught up to Trump’s unpopularity.
Trump is as strongly disliked as president Richard Nixon was when he resigned his presidency due to the Watergate scandal. Back then, about 45 percent of Americans said that Nixon was doing a poor job as president in a Harris poll — which is the same number of Americans that say that Trump is doing a poor job. Today, the Democrats’ dislike of our current Republican president is particularly intense, especially when you compared it against Nixon back in 1974. Back then, 70 percent of those who said they voted for Democrat George McGovern gave Nixon a poor rating. That’s a whole 10 percent lower than the 80 percent of Democrats who give Trump a poor rating today.
It’s worth noting that back then, the relationship between Democrats and Republicans wasn’t as polarized. It was normal, expected, and typical for two individuals regardless of the political affiliation to hunker down and come up with policies. Today’s Republican Party seemed to now be galvanized by profit and power, abandoning the once firmly held belief of being a public servant.
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