President Donald Trump is pitching the public on the need to partially shut down the government to force funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. According to polling firm Morning Consult, Trump is losing that argument.
The newest survey from the group has Trump with a 39 percent approval rating, tying the lowest mark Morning Consult has shown throughout the Trump presidency. That number matches Trump’s approval rating in August 2017, shortly after Trump’s comments on the “Unite the Right ” rally in Charlottesville.
The poll now has 56 percent of voters disapproving of Trump’s job as President.
Among the GOP, 80 percent approve of Trump while 18 percent disapprove. Unsurprisingly, those numbers are flipped for Democratic voters, with only 8 percent approving and 90 percent disapproving. With Independents, Trump has a 32 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.
While Morning Consult is particularly bearish on the President’s support, other polls aren’t so dire as of yet. An aggregate of available polls by FiveThirtyEight shows Trump’s approval rating at just over 41 percent.
That’s low, but not quite at its low point according to the aggregate. Trump has previously dropped below 37 percent support, shows FiveThirtyEight’s running average.
Morning Consult’s numbers may be overestimating the backlash against Trump’s negotiating stance over the wall, or it could be a leading indicator of public support turning against the President.
In the past, Trump clearly stated he would take responsibility for any shutdown. “I will take the mantle,” he told Democratic leaders at a meeting earlier this month regarding a potential shutdown of the government.
“I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it,” he told U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Morning Consult has 43 percent of voters agreeing with that sentiment. That’s the number who say the Trump is “mostly to blame” for the shutdown, with 21 percent naming Democrats in Congress and 7 percent pointing to congressional Republicans. A majority, 53 percent, say Trump did not do enough to avoid the shutdown.