WASHINGTON – Less than half of U.S. voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll released on Monday.
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll found that 49% of the respondents said they think Trump is doing a good job and 50% said they do not think he is doing a good job.
Moreover, 35% said they strongly approve of Trump’s job performance and 42% said they strongly disapprove.
The survey included 1,500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
Monday’s poll results are fairly consistent with Trump’s approval ratings for the month, which, according to Rasmussen projections, have ranged from 45% to 53%.
A recent Gallup poll showed Trump’s approval rating at 43%.
Barack Obama had a 41% approval rating at roughly the same point in his presidency, according to Gallup.
Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that the lower chamber will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump. Her announcement came amid controversy that ensued due to a whistleblower’s complaint about a July 25 phone call between Trump and then-newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
The transcript of the call and the whistleblower’s complaint have since been declassified.
Former Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, predicted to TMN that Trump will be impeached.
“I expect that the House will impeach Trump. I think that the exposure of Trump’s wrongdoing will result in a massive drop in Trump’s support with the electorate and in Congress, just as occurred with Nixon.”
Grayson added: “At some point, someone will tell Trump that his support is down to the same 10-15 Senators, and then Trump will have to decide whether to walk out of the White House, or be carried out. If things play out this way, then Trump will step aside as the GOP candidate before Nov. 2020.”
Richard Vatz, a professor of political persuasion at Towson University in Maryland, disagreed.
“I believe that there will not be an actual voting that supports articles of impeachment, and, if the votes are not there, Nancy Pelosi will not permit such a vote to be taken.”
Vatz added: “Further, the emphasis on impeachment will strengthen the intensity of Trump voters, while it may cause disaffection among more moderate Democratic voters in the long-term. There appears to be no presidential electoral advantage for the Democrats. In addition, some Democratic voters may see this as a dereliction of duty in the ignoring and/or lack of attention to other issues important to them.”
“In addition, the chances of Republican support in the Senate are near-nonexistent, and coercing Democratic House members in red districts to vote for impeachment puts some of them at risk in 2020 and going forward,” Vatz explained.