Bernie Sanders has recently enjoyed unrivaled popularity compared to other politicians- he’s currently the most popular active Washington lawmaker in America. Active voters have a positive view of Bernie, with 57% seeing him favourably; the only Washington lawmaker in the country with a favourable view by the majority of the population.
It’s no surprise why the Democratic party is trying to draw favour among progressives by campaigning alongside Bernie- he’s one of the few popular politicians in the USA, especially among Democrats where 80% view him favourably. He’s in the midst of a nine-state tour with Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, and it’s only the beginning as the Democratic party begins its strategy to bring unity among liberals for the 2018 midterms.
While Bernie’s popularity continues to soar, how has Trump fared? Poorly, very poorly.
On Trump’s first day of office he had the lowest approval rating of any new President since the start of Quinnipiac polling, and since then his approval rating has plummeted to an abysmal 39% General disdain of Trump is rampant as well, with 57% of Americans saying that Trump does not care about average Americans.
And it’s not just Quinnipiac polls that find Trump’s approval rating abysmal, Gallup, another highly respected polling agency, found Trump’s approval rating at a mere 42%. On his first day of office, 45% of Americans approved of Trump and 45% of Americans disprove- a net disapproval of zero. Now it’s skyrocketed to a net disapproval of 10 points with an alarming 52% of Americans disapproving of Trump’s job as President.
Trump isn’t the only one in his team suffering from horrible approval ratings. Steve Bannon, the White House Chief Strategist, suffers a 16% approval rating with 45% of respondents disapproving of Steve Bannon in a Harvard-Harris survey.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway all were viewed negatively by more than 40 percent of the respondents. McConnell was viewed positively by just 23 percent.
Most Democrats suffered from low approval ratings as well, but fared significantly better than Republican Congressmen/women in general. Senator Elizabeth Warren is the most popular Democrat, with a 48% favourable rating to a 32% unfavourable. Democrats are not loved by all Americans, but fare comparatively better than Republicans- by a lot.
As Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders rise as assets to the Democratic Party in this dark time of near-universal disapproval ratings towards Congress, Republicans are bogged down by abysmal approval ratings of the White House from the President all the way to cabinet. Whether this will provide a favourable outcome for Democrats in the 2018 midterms is yet to be seen, but it’s not looking good for the Republican party.
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