President Trump’s approval rates are slipping due to the government shutdown, NPR reported on Thursday.
He has a 39 percent approval rating and a 53 percent disapproval rating. In December, before the shutdown his approval rating was 42 percent and his disapproval rating was 49 percent.
He is down among suburban men, white evangelicals, Republicans, and white men without a college degree, all of whom are important parts of Trump’s base.
"For the first time, we saw a fairly consistent pattern of having his base showing evidence of a cracking," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. He continued to say “Don’t know if that’s temporary- tied to the government shutdown- or a broader problem the president is having.”
As the president prepares for the 2020 presidential election, he faces resistance: Only 30 percent of voters said they would definitely vote for him in 2020; 57 percent said they will definitely vote against Trump. His reelection is already in jeopardy.
59 percent of people said they mostly blame congressional Republicans or Trump for the shutdown.