Much is being made of President Trump’s lagging approval numbers, which remain historically low, but the narrative being sold with those numbers doesn’t tell the whole story. In a recent survey meant to gauge public opinion coming up on the first 100 days of Trump’s tenure, the question was asked whether voters would change their minds if they had a do-over for 2016. The results, depending on your perspective, might surprise you.

Report from the Washington Examiner:

A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as “the least popular president in modern times,” waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit: He’d still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and in the popular vote, not just Electoral College.

The poll found that Trump’s polls continue to be upside down, with a 42 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval.

Also unchanged: His base still likes him.

It’s not until the second to last paragraph of the long story that it’s shown Clinton would still lose to the president, despite the high disapproval ratings and problems with his first 100 days detailed by the paper. It reads:

The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, similar to her two-point national vote margin. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton. [Emphasis added]

It’s the last line that is interesting since it means that many voters who chose Hillary back in November say they would change their vote and support Trump if they have the option again. Certainly some of that is simply due to a desire to be on the winning bandwagon, but some of it probably is a genuine reflection of the mood toward Trump since he’s been in office 3 months now.

Jonathan Karl of ABC News points out that the margin change would have given Trump the popular vote in addition to the Electoral College:

Now, polls like this don’t necessarily matter much, but they are entertaining to write about and discuss.

12 COMMENTS

  1. The majority of the people only read the headlines. Few read the whole article. Especially the last few paragraphs.

  2. If this vote were to actually take place we probably would have one less former president. Even though Billary lost in the ELECTORAL college last November, she at least won the popular vote. This fed her MEGLOMANICAL urge and she thought she was screwed by the ELECTORAL college but still loved by population pockets of the brainwashed.?

    With the above scenario she would be a total LOSER on all fronts. Getting back to the dead former president, I would fear for the GREAT FORNICATORS life. In a fit of rage Billary would do away with poor BUBBA.?

    • We live in a promiscuous society which glorifies fornication. Why are you so hung up on Clinton. His fall from momentary grace is not an act that the majority of our presidents weren’t guilty of as well.
      Since, and including, Franklin Roosevelt we have only had three presidents (Truman, Ford and Nixon) that did not have extra martial activies but they had a lot of other human sins. Actually, if the wives were OK with it and keeping silent, what actual business is it of your.

      • We all have sins. Even saints were sinners at one time, so a mere mortal is surely not better.

        To answer your question about it not being my business, but it is. How many politicians have fallen from grace for either extra marital affairs or sexual misconduct? I don’t know about you, but the public in general will hold elected politicians to a higher standard.?

        Why we even had a president in recent memory who was caught lying about an extra marital affair and IMPEACHED. What was that presidents mame??

        • Impeachment is simply an accusation of misconduct made against the holder of a public office. The United State Senate is the jury and they found Bill Clinton “Not Guilty”.

          • Don’t you mean to say that the majority Democrats were too gutless to find him guilty. There also was the matter of self preservation that came into play. Had they found the GREAT FORNICATOR guilty many of these same senators would have died under MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.?

            • You imply, and speak, without factual reference as a guideline.

              The Clinton prosecution, headed by Ken Starr, needed a two-thirds majority to convict but failed to achieve even a bare majority. Rejecting the first charge of perjury, 45 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted “not guilty,” and on the charge of obstruction of justice the Senate was evenly split.

              Are you trying to suggest that Clinton would by some “mysterious fate” kill the senators who voted to remove him from office. That sounds like an Alex Jones theory.

  3. The thing to remember is that Americans are pragmatic. We overwhelmingly were against going to war in Iraq, for example, but became overwhelmingly in favor, once we had “boots on the ground.”

    It’s the same with presidents: “we’re stuck with him, so let’s make the best of it.” Usually, a president will get a significant bump, just for being elected.

    From the time that Trump announced, he has had an approval rating between 35 and 45%. He has never gone above that for any length of time.

  4. Weighing in on “what might have been” is a total waste of one’s time. It is what it is. Trump won the electoral votes and Clinton won the popular. Dice it, cut it, or chop it and there is no changing what happened. Fate dealt us Trump who lies repeatedly and shamelessly spouts false promises.

    The lesson to be learned is that when Trump says a bill will contain XYZ, he doesn’t really mean it; he’s just posturing. And that doesn’t bode well for our future.

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