As the President prepares for his second State of the Union address on Tuesday, his poll numbers show little improvement.
By James DiGeorgia
President Trump enters his third year in office never having seen his job approval numbers hit 50%; something no other modern president has faced. He took an absolute beating as a result of his declared ownership of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. Now a week after the end of that shutdown, his poll numbers are close to their historic lows of his Presidency.
Real Clear Politics, a normally friendly tracker of polls for Republicans, shows an average approval rating of just 41% for President Trump and disapproval or 55.5%. That’s a 14.5% upside down spread in approval that could be a precursor to an electoral disaster for both the GOP and the President, and the 2020 election just under two years away.
The polling numbers of people who consider the country is heading in the right direction versus the wrong direction are even worse for a President that won his last election by less than 78,000 in total in four key states, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Only 34.3% of those polled believe the country is heading in the right direction and 58.3% believe the country is heading in the right direction an astounding 24% spread according to Real Clear Politics averages.
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Despite the polling numbers and being outmaneuvered by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Trump continues on the same course he was on before the mid-term elections that resulted in the loss of 40+ seats and control of the House of Representatives. His focus on immigration and disastrous trade wars are eroding his and GOP support to only his hardcore supporters.
Worse, now that the Democrats control the House of Representatives his administration, family, and businesses are likely to be confronted with as many as 84 investigative subpoenas from Congress that are going to nothing but further damage public opinion and his chances of re-election.
Also, it’s highly likely that several more indictments will follow that of the President’s longtime friend and political ally Roger Stone.
Former Sam Nunberg is quoted in several recent interviews that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators “have a strong case of a conspiracy” involving Russia.
In an interview with John Heilemann on Showtime’s The Circus, Nunberg said referring to Trump confidante Roger Stone…
“When I went to the special counsel for the voluntary interview, it was, Roger, Roger, Roger, Roger.”
Nunberg went on to say that prosecutors wanted to know “what did Roger and Trump discuss in their phone calls.”
“I could tell what they were going to do to Roger,”
“I think Roger could tell what they’re going to do to Trump. These aren't the guys you f**k around with. They have a strong case of a conspiracy.”
All of the troubles likely to brewing and bubbling to the forefront in the next two years make it difficult for political analysts on both sides of the aisle to believe President Trump will find those approximately 78,000 votes he won by in 2016 on Election Day 2020.