Rasmussen remains one of the most accurate polling outfits in America, so when they report a six-point dive in Trump’s favorables from two weeks ago to today?
That would be noteworthy. From the press release:
The latest figures for Trump include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 49% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23. (see trends).
The latest findings mark the first time Trump’s overall approval rating has slipped below 40% in Rasmussen Reports tracking.
This comes off of a previous high water mark of 50% in early June. Additional highlights include the American public being split on Trump’s proposed transgender executive order, favorable towards sanctions against Russia and Iran, and over half of the voters in both major parties indicating they are moving away from the views of their leadership.
How this affects the Virginia gubernatorial elections remains to be seen, as insiders have previously considered that any Trump favorables north of 40% would be viewed positively, while anything south of 40 would prove to be significant enough to bear warning (but not alarm).
Trump’s marks on the economy still remain rather high at 45% in the last Fox News poll, with the ABC/WaPo poll showing Trump 43-41 on his handling of the U.S. economy — a +2 differential on a polling number that the long embattled Clinton administration leaned upon like a crutch throughout his eight years as president.
What this means at the end of the day for Virginia? Despite a momentary dip, Trump remains is far stronger than the Democratic narrative would care to position Trump — attempting to keep Trump’s favorables somewhere in the high-20s rather than the low-40s. Yet thus far, despite all the Democratic narrative, Trump has proven himself to be resilient in every way, fighting back on social media and refusing to admit error or defeat.
Never admit a mistake and never let them see you sweat. Sound advice for modern times.