The chicken and egg theory about President Trump’s low job approval numbers is an interesting one. Trump supporters argue the media scrutiny of Trump is responsible for his poor numbers while Trump critics say the media scrutiny wouldn’t be so intense if Trump just stopped tweeting.
Whether you believe those explanations or believe something else entirely, doesn’t matter. Trump’s numbers are bad, and the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has more bad news:
Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years, punctuated by questions about his competence on the world stage, his effectiveness, the GOP health care plan and Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
Just 36 percent of Americans polled in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Trump’s job performance, down 6 points from his 100-day mark, itself a low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.
Russia weighs heavily, and people say it is affecting his ability to get things done:
Sixty-three percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, say it was inappropriate for Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager to have met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. Six in 10 also think Russia tried to influence the campaign, and among those who say so, 67 percent think Trump aides helped, similar to results in April.
Yet the Russia controversy is just one on the list of Trump’s troubles. Just 38 percent say he’s making significant progress toward his goals;
The response to this will range from, “Who cares?” to “Yeah, the polls are always right just like they were for the election!”
The national election polls were right. National average on the day before the election showed Hillary winning by a +3.5 margin and she won +2. Factor in the margin of error and the pollsters were damned close to spot on correct.
For anybody to think at this point, his constant tweeting is not hurting him is a fool’s errand. He tweets. The media covers it. People learn about this and it translates to poor poll numbers.
An interesting experiment would be for the president to stop tweeting for one month except for official announcements and see what the poll numbers look like after that time.
Do you think there’d be any change?