President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
It’s a matter of public record that Democrats have been trying to oust President Trump since day one of his presidency. Over the last several months, those efforts have reached a fever pitch, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declaring an impeachment inquiry in September, and public hearings being held in November and December.
When you combine that with so-called “bombshell” media reports and the fact that the Senate trial started last week, you’d think Trump might be facing a doomsday scenario come Election Day 2020.
According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, however, Trump has actually gained ground on the Democratic candidates running for president over the last three months – a time frame that just happens to coincide with their accelerated impeachment push:
Trump begins reelection year more competitive against Democrats than he was three months ago, Post-ABC poll finds https://t.co/ydnFfeIKmw
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 27, 2020
From the article:
The national Post-ABC poll tested Trump in six potential general election matchups and finds that registered voters nationwide are roughly split between supporting the president and backing the Democratic candidates. Neither Trump nor Democrats hold a statistically significant advantage in any matchup.
The close matchups between Trump and Democrats among registered voters represent a contrast with an October Post-ABC poll in which Biden, Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg all held double-digit advantages over the incumbent. (Bloomberg and Klobuchar were not tested against Trump in that poll.)
The shift coincides with a rise in Trump’s approval rating from 38 percent to 44 percent among the public overall, with 51 percent currently disapproving. Opinion is even more closely divided among registered voters, with 47 percent approving of Trump and 50 percent disapproving, matching the best margin of his presidency.
What key issue appears to be main impetus for Trump’s rise in 2020 election polls like this one? The economy:
NEW POLL: Some good numbers in here for Tump amid impeachment—
-Approval up 6% since late Oct, with disapproval down 7 points to new low.
-Trump hits *career high* 56% for handling of the economy, up 10 points from early September.
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) January 24, 2020
A strong economy can propel a president to reelection even in the face of barrages of sustained coordinated attacks from their political opposition and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself).
On the issue of removing Trump from office, the WaPo/ABC poll shows an almost even divide among the American people, with 47% saying he should be removed to 49% saying not to remove him.
For full results from this new poll, click here.