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Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

By Therealmcteag @therealmcteag

Is Trump the least popular president ever? A simple”No” doesn’t cover it anymore. Now we can only respond; “Depends how you measure it.”

Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

Underwater Yet Still Sinking

Trump started out below 50% on day one, back at the “Biggest Inauguration in History” where the protest marches outdrew his swearing in by a HUGE margin. In fact the one year anniversary protest marches against trump also did better so far as turnout as any Trump event of any kind yet.

The fact is Trump has only flirted with 50% briefly and distantly. Trump trashes the people who are opposed or turned off by him just like he trashed the girl who would didn’t him in High School.  In other words- Suddenly its something you never wanted and no one would ever want? 2 minutes ago you thought she was hot.

This would probably be easier to accept if were more spectacular. Lets face it people NOT doing something can be hard to put a compelling picture up of. So the TV news doesn’t do cover it like they might if they had some juicy video.

The only poll that really has decades of history is Gallup. It may be flawed to a

Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

In most ways our least popular ever president, Harry Truman.

degree, but it seemed to be about accurate on election day when votes were cast. FACT-Hillary got a lot more votes but lost due to our Arcane systems fatal Republican President Making Flaw known as The Electoral College.

The fact is- Gallup AND the Real Clear Politics Poll of Polls NEVER show the president at 50% or higher in popularity.

The Lowest For The Longest

If Trump’s NOT the lowest for the longest just give it time. Until now it was Harry S Truman holding the All time Lowest Presidential Approval ratings.

In Truman’s case dropping the atomic bombs on Japan starts him out looking like a brutal killer. Half America resents it, the other half think he should have dropped more.

For Truman dropping the Bomb and following FDR, literally the political version of ‘Hendrix at Woodstock’.  Elected four times FDR was so successful the term limit laws are born. Truman though, isn’t really bound by them. He’s already president when the term limits are introduced and so he gets to serve more than 2 terms. A lot of people were turned off by that too.

Politics and use of military force in Korea further divided the public on Truman. The Korean War was a problem simply because we couldn’t will it to an end in a few weeks. Its really a questionable war . Truman feuded with the Theater Commander MacArthur and MacArthur takes it public. Harry Truman never caught a break publicity wise.

If you dislike Trump the Bad News is despite this Truman keeps getting elected.  The Good News? Trump will almost definitely NOT be able to replicate the level of personal engagement Truman gutted out in the extensive Whistle Stop Tour to get re-elected. It showed poise, control and determination. Truman had more character than Trump.

Look at the gargantuan effort Truman put in-

Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

The approximate route of Truman’s 1948 Whistle Stop Tour.

Truman gets by mostly on shoe leather, one of his re-election tours featured him doing whats been called whistle-stop tour. Basically he took a train to as many small towns as possible and formed a bond with enough average people to get around the bad polls and win. I don’t know if a Tweet or a series of tweets has the same effect.

14 months in Trump is about 5% below what he had on Inauguration Day. 14 months below 50% has happened but below 46%? And constantly ‘bottoming out’ with dips into 30s?

It’s not as bad as ‘The Last Days of Bush” yet, but soon he will absolutely be the president who had the lowest approval for the longest time.

Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

Real Clear Politics Aggregate Poll as of March 11, 2018

The Very Worst?

Again, Truman or George W Bush own the all time low approval, with low 20’s as the nation waited out the end of their careers when they’re viewed as term-limited lame ducks who pointlessly started wars of choice.

How Could it Get Worse?

A war would probably be enough to drop Trump to very lowest ever, say in the mid teens approval wise sespite the apparent ‘staying power’ in the 30% range.

Frustrating many is the Trump Dysfunctional Ad Hoc approach to all governing. The lack of civility, the constant shit-talking and just plain sounding crazy all hurt Trump every day.

If the level of prosperity drops off or there’s trouble for any prolonged time with the Stock Market Trump’s number will tumble.

An irresponsibly done tax cut that was widely criticized only bought Trump a few weeks in the mid forties in approval.

The Mueller Probe could send Trump’s approval plummeting but not like screwing the pooch with a war or if he gets his Wall built. The 30% core followers are members of Cult 45 and will not change their minds no matter how much proof Mueller comes up with. This may not be enough to save Trump from Impeachment and Jail, only another hacked election seems capable of stopping that.

Is This Historic Yet?

Yes. It’s too low for too long.

Plus Trump’s not even close to the end of his term. he could rescue Harry Truman from “Least Popular Ever”

The slightest shifts in the situation in America or on the Korean Peninsula (or any number of other places) could devastate his approval ratings in mere hours.

It’s not clear how he can govern at all with the increasing strain of NEVER having so much of America approve of him.

W Says Thanks

Already no longer the dumbest president ever, George W Bush must be relieved.

Trump’s approval rating is routinely in striking distance of the W Bush All Time Low of 31.9%. He Will Beat it sooner or later. Ditto for Trump’s proximity to Bush’s all time high DISAPPROVAL of 64.8% that same week in September 2008.

The big difference is George W Bush’s big fall comes as a lame duck playing out the string. Trump is only 14 months in.

Trump’s Very REAL Low Approval Ratings Explained

When He’s Up it Temporary, when He’s Down it Stays

Probably the constant idiocy and fascist-like talk and tweets prevent trump from rising to 50% approval.

The problem is that the failure is now baked in. Trump looks foolish regularly. His ‘outreach’ to the other side politically is always a line in the sand. He can’t work towards a consensus. He has that 30% and if he does everything right and keeps quiet for a few days he sometimes rises close to 40 but that’s a hard ceiling.

With a lot more people disinterested in politics than in the past the disengagement of about 10% of everyone helps Trump a bit too.

Low to mid 30’s are probably going to be a fact of life for this president, for however long he lasts.

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