Respect for President Donald Trump has slumped so low that a majority of Americans wish he wasn’t running for re-election.
According to an Economist/YouGov poll that was published this week, only 38 percent of Americans say they want Trump to run for president again later this year. A majority, 51 percent, say they wish he wasn’t running, and 11 percent say they’re unsure of how they feel.
While Trump has frequently bragged on social media about having almost universal support among Republican voters, the Economist/YouGov poll finds that not to be the case. Trump’s support among GOP-leaning respondents was strong, but not at the 95 percent rate he said last month. Rather, 84 percent of Republican voters want Trump to run for office again, with 1-in-10 Republicans wishing he wasn’t running again.
Overall, Trump’s approval rating sits at 40 percent, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of his job performance as president so far.
The poll doesn’t just demonstrate bad news for Trump: Republicans, in general, have much to worry about, just 11 months out from the 2020 election.
Asked about how they feel about Republicans in Congress, only 33 percent of respondents said that they had a favorable view of the Grand Old Party. Fifty-three percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Republicans in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.
Democrats, too, have a net-negative favorability rating, but they sit in a better position than Republicans do in the poll. Forty-six percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Congressional Democrats, while 41 percent say they have a favorable opinion of the party.
— Contemptor (@TheContemptor) December 17, 2019
When asked how they plan to vote in November, respondents in the poll were uniform in how they responded when it came to the presidential and congressional elections. Only 40 percent said they planned to vote for Trump in the general election, and 40 percent also said they plan to vote for the Republican in a generic congressional ballot vote.
Conversely, 50 percent of respondents said they plan to vote for whoever the Democratic candidate for president ends up being, and the same number said they plan to vote for a generic Dem for Congress next fall.
Trump warned last month that Democrats’ plans to impeach him would harm their re-election chances. “It’s a very sad thing for our country, but it seems to be very good for me politically,” he said at the time, according to the Washington Post.