Is Donald Trump doomed?
The media is happy to remind us that the president’s approval rating during his first 100 days in office hasn’t been great. By mid-February, before the man even had time to spend a full month in office, his approval ratings fell to lows (sub 40 percent approval) that Obama didn’t see until August-October of 2011. Of course, Trump is battling an opponent Obama never had to fight: the mainstream media. Eighty-nine percent of mainstream media coverage of the Trump administration has been negative — far more hostile than the treatment of any other incoming president.
But despite all that, here’s the kicker: if an election were to be held today in which Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head a second time, Trump would win by a far larger margin.
According to the Washington Post, There are no signs of major slippage in support among those who voted for Trump. His approval rating among those who cast ballots for him stands at 94 percent. Among Republicans, it is 84 percent. Asked of those who voted for him whether they regret doing so, 2 percent say they do, while 96 percent say supporting Trump was the right thing to do. When asked if they would vote for him again, 96 percent say they would, which is higher than the 85 percent of Hillary Clinton voters who say they would support her again.
While Trump would retain almost all of his support if the election were held again today (96 percent), fewer of Clinton’s supporters say they’d stick with her (85 percent), producing a 40-43 percent Clinton-Trump result in this hypothetical re-do among self-reported 2016 voters.
Not only would Trump win AGAIN against Hillary, he would’ve also won the popular vote a second time around.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) April 23, 2017
Apparently, no matter how much the media attacks you, in the end it really does matter what we, the people think.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]