Gallup: Trump’s Job Approval Unchanged at 42 Percent
September 16, 2020 Topic: Politics Region: Americas Blog Brand: 2020 Election Tags: 2020Donald TrumpJoe Biden2020 ElectionJob Approval

Gallup: Trump’s Job Approval Unchanged at 42 Percent

Trump's base is sticking with him, but overall most Americans aren't happy.

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating remains unchanged compared to the same poll conducted last month, as the president sits below the 50% threshold that incumbent presidents tend to seek prior to a reelection race.

Trump’s job approval is stuck at 42%, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, indicating that the president’s approval for the work he’s done in office hasn’t moved since August, just before the political conventions.

The latest poll also revealed that 56% of Americans disapprove of the job he’s doing, another percentage that’s remained steady.

The results from the poll show a clear partisan divide, as 92% of Republicans approve of Trump’s job in office, compared to 90% in August, and only 4% of Democrats approve, which was at 5% last month. Independents also expressed relatively low ratings, as 36% approved of the work he’s done. 

Trump’s 42% approval rating trails behind former presidents who have successfully won a second term, including 49% for President Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 battle, 52% for President George W. Bush into the 2004 race, 60% for President Bill Clinton going into the 1996 race and 57% for President Ronald Reagan ahead of the 1984 reelection fight.

Presidents who have lost their reelection bid, however, had a lower approval rating than Trump. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush had 39% and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter had 37%.

With the election less than two months away, the president faces a swirl of issues including the coronavirus pandemic, the dwindling economy and violent unrest that’s swarmed America’s cities and suburbs, with protestors demanding action against injustice and racist policing.

Trump’s handling of the coronavirus has bumped down his reelection chances, as millions of Americans have been infected, with nearly 200,000 reported deaths. Polls indicate a clear national lead for Democratic nominee Joe Biden but show a narrower race in most swing states.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,019 adults from August 31 to September 13 and has a margin of error of 4%.

Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report and The Hill.

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