Trump’s effort to make the midterms all about immigration may have fallen short as an electoral strategy because his approach to immigration is not particularly popular
NEW YORK (Nov 15, 2018): According to President Donald Trump, no president in American history has ever accomplished as much as he has and he’s a shoo-in to be reelected in 2020.
But a new Monmouth University poll suggests Trump is wrong, and not just by a little bit.
The poll, which was released Wednesday, shows that while Trump’s overall approval rating remains at 43 percent, only 37 percent of registered voters want to see him reelected. 58 percent say they want someone else in the White House after the 2020 election.
Another poll by Pew Research shows the public prefers congressional Democrats to Trump on the majority of policy issues — with a couple of important exceptions related to the economy.
Trump’s effort to make the midterms all about immigration, meanwhile, may have fallen short as an electoral strategy because his approach to immigration is not particularly popular. He successfully operated as the assignment editor for the New York Times and Washington Post, generating extensive A1 coverage of “the caravan” that mysteriously stopped dominating the media once the voting was over, but Democrats are preferred on immigration with a large number of undecided voters.
Trump’s actual strong suit is the economy, for which he is now receiving credit from the public, and that has given him some subsidiary strength on the related issues of taxes and trade.
The Monmouth Poll was conducted between November 9-12, shortly after the midterm election which returned control of the House to Democrats. It asked respondents how they wanted to see the new Congress function in relation to the president. 72 percent said they hope Congress will be a check on Trump. Even 54 percent of Republicans surveyed said the divided Congress needed to serve as a check on the president.
Asked about possibly impeaching Trump, 36 percent said they support such a move, while 59 percent said they don’t currently support impeachment.
In recent days, it has been reported that Trump is considering a major staff shakeup as he awaits the next moves from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s attack on the 2016 election and whether or not any members of the Trump campaign — including the president and members of his family — conspired with Russia to assure Trump was elected. Mueller is said to be close to indicting more suspects and is also at work on his final report which will summarize his findings.
Trump is also said to be in a foul mood since the midterm election returned the House to Democratic control, fearful of the hearings Democrats plan to conduct into his business dealings, tax returns, and behavior as it relates to the press.