This week is likely to go into the “win” column, politically speaking, for President Donald Trump, given that most presidents usually see positive marks after giving State of the Union Addresses, as well as the fact that Trump received an acquittal on both impeachment charges laid out against him on Wednesday.
But the political high points for the president may be short-lived, as polling conducted earlier this week found that most Americans still want someone else to have his job.
In an Economist/YouGov poll, respondents were asked who they would rather see win the presidential election later this year — Trump, or a generic Democratic candidate.
According to the data, which was collected between February 2nd to the 4th, only 39 percent of Americans want Trump re-elected, while 48 percent want a Democratic candidate to win. Eleven percent said it would depend on who the Dems select as their nominee.
What’s more, the results are consistent across every region of the country. Trump loses to the generic Democrat in the Midwest by a 5 point margin, in the South by 9 points, the Northeast by 13 points, and in the West by 7 points.
The numbers are perhaps not all that startling when you consider what Trump’s approval numbers are. Only 41 percent of Americans think he’s doing a good job as president, while 50 percent disapprove of his job performance three years into him taking office.
The numbers aren’t great for Republicans running for Congress, either. In a generic congressional ballot, Americans prefer the Democrat to win by 48 percent, with 41 percent saying they’d rather have a Republican win their district.
Again, those numbers transcend geographical locations, although in some areas the races appear to be tighter. In the Northeast, Democrats are preferred by a 9 point margin; in the Midwest, by 2 points; in the South, by 6 points; and in the West, the spread is 11 points in favor of Democrats.