Donald Trump had his reelection campaign all planned out. Since he knew he would never be able to convince a majority of American voters that he was maturing as a leader, he’d just keep talking about how strong the U.S. economy was. Or, as he has so often bragged, “The greatest economy in the history of America.”
But those days are long gone. Coronavirus has laid waste to the national economy. 40 million Americans are out of work, with no end in sight to the financial downturn. An expected recession has turned into the Trump Depression, and the public is unhappy with what they see.
A poll from Navigator Research has some very bad news for Trump, who has almost never gotten more than 46 percent approval, even when the economy was humming along prior to the pandemic.
According to the poll, 73 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. economy is “not so good/Poor.” A number like that isn’t exactly what an incumbent president wants to see this close to an election. Additionally, only one in four surveyed said the economy was “excellent” or “good.” And since Donald Trump is president, that means they blame Trump for crashing his “greatest economy” in the history of the United States.
As for how voters think Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, he’s underwater on that metric, too, with 37 percent approving and 58 percent disapproving. On the biggest challenge of his presidency, the American public thinks Donald Trump is failing in his duties.
Deep within the data from Navigator Research is a number that will be especially concerning for the White House and Trump’s campaign team: 10 percent of voters who said they approved of the president admitted they were only doing so because it was important to support a president in a time of a crisis.
So while Trump’s approval rating may be reported as 46 percent by Navigator, if 10 percent are only saying so because of the pandemic, the actual number who approve of him would only be 36 percent. And that could well spell doom for Trump come November.
Americans are feeling severe economic pain and tremendous anxiety about their personal finances. That would seem to spell a big loss by Trump and Republicans when the votes are counted.
Four months out from the election, Donald Trump is the weakest incumbent in a half-century.