Monday, August 21, 2017

That Shrinking Feeling

Trump’s approval rating in three key Midwestern states — Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — is below 40%.

In addition, Democrats enjoy double-digit leads in Michigan and Pennsylvania on the question of which party voters prefer to control Congress after the 2018 midterms, and they hold an 8-point advantage in Wisconsin.


In all three states, more than six in 10 voters say Trump’s conduct as president has embarrassed them, compared to just a quarter who have said it’s made them proud.

These three NBC/Marist polls were conducted August 13-17 — after the Aug. 12 unrest and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in the midst of Trump’s multiple responses to the events.

In Michigan, 36 percent of voters approve of Trump’s job performance (including 19 percent who strongly approve), while 55 percent disapprove (including 40 percent who strongly do).

In Pennsylvania, 35 percent give the president’s job a thumbs up (17 percent strongly), versus 54 percent who disapprove (41 percent strongly).

And in Wisconsin, 34 percent of voters approve of Trump (17 percent strongly), compared with 56 percent who disapprove (42 percent strongly).

In 2016’s general election, Trump won all three states by a combined 80,000 votes, becoming the first Republican to carry these states since the 1980s.

Asked if Trump’s conduct as president made them proud or embarrassed them, 64 percent of voters in Michigan and Wisconsin say they’ve been embarrassed, while 63 percent say that in Pennsylvania.

Polls change quickly, and we are fifteen months away from the 2018 mid-terms, but when you start layering in sentiments like “embarrassment,” that has a tendency to stick around longer than the instant reaction to news items that can spike or crater a weekly poll.

2 barks and woofs on “That Shrinking Feeling

  1. Those poll numbers have to mean that some of the people who approve of his performance are also embarrassed by him. I don’t understand.

  2. According to reporters who interviewed people in Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, those who said they were “embarrassed” felt the way you would if you saw someone slip and fall on the sidewalk. Embarrassment can include feelings of sympathy. One woman said “if I didn’t defend him, who would?”. They blame the Republican congress for failing to pass his “agenda” – i.e. the funding for the wall and the elimination of ACA – as well as the Mueller investigation (a put-up job) and most of all the evil media. Everyone picks on the poor guy.

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