How bad are things inside the Trump reelection campaign? Well, he’s reportedly ready to fire his entire campaign team and start all over again as he sees his chances of a second term growing less likely by the day and with each new poll showing him far behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Just this week, Vanity Fair reported:
“Seeking to change the trajectory of the race, Trump is now discussing a shake-up to his campaign leadership, three sources close to the White House told me. Two sources said Trump has told people he wants to install 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in a senior role. “Trump’s feeling is, ‘why are we losing everywhere?’ ‘The president is sick of it,’ another former West Wing official said.”
And now we have a brand new poll from Reuters/Ipsos, which shows that Trump has hit a new low in a head-to-head matchup with Biden:
“More Americans have grown critical of President Donald Trump over the past month as the death toll mounts from the coronavirus pandemic and he now trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 8 percentage points among registered voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.
“The poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday showed that 41% of U.S. adults approved of Trump’s performance in office, which is down 4 points from a similar poll that ran in mid-April. Fifty-six percent disapprove of Trump, up by 5 points in the same span.
“It also found that 46% of registered voters said they would back Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election, while 38% would vote for Trump. That compared with a 2-point Biden lead in Reuters/Ipsos polling last week.”
That 38 percent is particularly troubling to the Trump team because it suggests that he’s losing ground by the day as more voters express their dissatisfaction with the way the president is dealing with the two most important issues: The novel coronavirus and the U.S. economy.
Trump’s normal level of support is normally in the 40 percent plus range. The fact that he has now dipped below that is a warning sign and calls into question whether or not Trump can even count on the same amount of support he had when he won in 2016. If not, the few key states that propelled him to an Electoral College victory four years ago are clearly in play and he has almost no path to reelection.
In the weeks ahead, if there is further erosion in Trump’s poll numbers, we could well be looking at the weakest incumbent president since Jimmy Carter. And that doesn’t bode well for the Trump campaign.