As the government shutdown drags on, Trump’s approval ratings have fallen to its lowest level in over a year, according to Time.
In a survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only 34 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, down from 42 percent last month. Although his approval ratings remain strong among Republicans, around 80 percent, his ratings among independents is the lowest that it has ever been.
One independent poll respondent, Lloyd Rabalais, said “Trump is responsible for this.” Rabalais is a federal contractor is a federal contractor who has been furloughed for over a month. If the shutdown continues, Rabalais said that he would need to begin drawing from his retirement savings in order to pay his bills.
Rabalais continued, “I do support a wall, but not the way he’s handling it. Trump guaranteed everybody that Mexico would pay for the wall. Now he’s holding American workers like me hostage.”
Trump’s approval ratings have remained relatively stable over the past two years of his presidency compared to other presidents. His ratings have generally ranged from the mid-30s to the mid-40s. In contrast, Obama never fell below 40 percent in polling by Gallup.
The AP-NORC poll reveals that most Americans feel that not only is the shutdown a major problem, but that Trump is more responsible for the situation than congressional Democrats. 60 percent of Americans say Trump bears a great deal of responsibility for the shutdown and 65 percent of Americans say the shutdown is a major problem.
Although Trump is still popular among Republicans, about 3 in 10 Republicans hold him responsible for the government shutdown. 73 percent of Republicans say that Trump is at least partially responsible.
Sandra Olson, a registered Republican and Trump voter, said “The large part of the responsibility belongs to the president because he made the decision. We have never in my lifetime seen a president who has been so maligned and attacked and vilified.”
The idea for the wall itself is also unpopular. 49 percent of Americans oppose building the wall and 36 percent of Americans are in favor. Only 35 percent of Americans believe that the wall would make the country more safe, while 57 percent believe the wall would make no difference in safety.