Late August 2018 Washington Post-ABC Polls Show President Trumps Disapproval Number At 60%

There was a Washington Post-ABC poll regarding the public’s attitude towards the republican President Donald Trump, conducted in the last week of August 2018, and the results are dismal. According to the poll, 60% of Americans disapprove of the job that President Trump is doing.

The question is whether this poll is an outlier or not. If future polls reflect these same numbers, republican candidates had better be prepared for the whipping they’ll be experiencing at the upcoming November 2018 elections.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 31, 2018, Philip Rucker and Scott Clement of Washington Post penned the following report, “Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions”


“President Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel’s Russia investigation and say the president should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

“At the dawn of the fall campaign sprint to the midterm ­elections, which will determine whether Democrats retake control of Congress, the poll finds that a majority of the public has turned against Trump and is on guard against his efforts to influence the Justice Department and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging probe.”

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“Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office, while 46 percent say Congress should not.”

“And a narrow majority — 53 percent — say they think Trump has tried to interfere with Mueller’s investigation in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice; 35 percent say they do not think the president has tried to interfere.”

“Overall, 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance, with 36 percent approving, according to the poll. Because of random sampling variation, this represents only a marginal shift from the last Post-ABC survey, in April, which measured Trump’s rating at 56 percent disapproval and 40 percent approval.”

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“The new poll was conducted Aug. 26 to 29, the week after former Trump campaign chair-man Paul Manafort was convicted of federal tax and bank fraud and after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty and implicated the president in illegal payments to silence women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump.”

“The four-month gap between Post-ABC polls makes it difficult to attribute the modest uptick in disapproval of Trump to specific events. Other public polls have shown Trump’s disapproval rating in the low- to mid-50s and have not tracked a rise since the Manafort conviction and Cohen guilty plea.”

“Trump has tried to rally support for Republican candidates in the Nov. 6 elections by pointing to his economic record. This week’s poll finds that despite the president’s unpopularity with voters, he gets better ratings when it comes to the economy: 45 percent of Americans approve and 47 percent disapprove of Trump’s handling of the economy.”

“Trump’s overall popularity breaks down along lines of partisanship, ethnicity and gender, according to the poll. While 78 percent of Republicans approve of his performance, 93 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents disapprove. More men support him than women, and while 45 percent of whites back him, 19 percent of nonwhites approve.”

“The poll finds that there are clear limitations to Trump’s efforts all summer to politicize and discredit the Russia investigation. The president has fired a near-daily barrage of tweets labeling the probe a “witch hunt” and attacking the credibility of Mueller and several current and former Justice Department officials.”

“But 63 percent of Americans support Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, with 52 percent saying they support it strongly29 percent oppose the probe.”

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“Opinions on Mueller’s work also break down along partisan lines, with 61 percent of Republicans opposing the probe but an even larger 85 percent of Democrats expressing support. Among independents, however, a two-thirds majority of 67 percent back the investigation.”

“Trump has complained that Manafort was treated unfairly by Mueller’s prosecutors, and after a jury convicted Manafort last month, the president tweeted that he felt “very badly” for him.”

“But 67 percent of Americans think Mueller’s case against Manafort was justified, while 17 percent say it was unjustified, according to the poll.”

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“Trump’s praise of Manafort has stirred speculation that he might pardon his former campaign chairman, but the poll finds that it would be a political land mine for the president. Two-thirds of Americans oppose Trump pardoning Manafort — 53 percent strongly oppose it — and 18 percent support a pardon.”

“Trump has ratcheted up his public attacks on Sessions in recent weeks and has consulted his personal attorneys and other advisers about firing the attorney general, whom he has viewed as insufficiently loyal after Sessions recused himself last year from overseeing the Russia investigation because of a conflict of interest.”

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“But the public is squarely behind Sessions. Sixty-four percent of Americans do not think Trump should fire Sessions, with 19 percent saying he should and 17 percent saying they have no opinion. Nearly half of Republicans, 47 percent, say Trump should not fire the attorney general, with 31 percent saying he should.”

“Just under a quarter of Americans, 23 percent, say they agree with Trump’s criticisms of Sessions for allowing the Mueller investigation to proceed, while 62 percent say they side with Sessions, who has said he is following the law.”

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  1. Trump, of course, will claim this is false news. He organizes rallies of like-mindless supporters who feed his ego and concludes from the adoration that he is the most popular president ever — who also had the largest crowds in history at his inauguration!

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  2. Gronda, I find it telling that of the 60% who disapprove, 53% “strongly” disapprove. It was overshadowed by the McCain funeral, but another guilty plea occurred yesterday regarding not registering as a foreign lobbyist and for buying $50,000 tickets to the Trump inauguration for a former Russian agent.

    But, as we have discussed before, it is the Trump policies which are the opposite of what we should be doing – retrenching from the world and ticking off our allies. It is more than just his behavior emulating a spoiled brat. Keith

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  3. Dear Keith,

    I just hope these numbers are for real and are representative of the new normal. The contrast between Senator McCain and President Trump will not help these numbers.

    There has to be panic setting in the White House.

    It seems like another shoe is dropping just about every day.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda, true. When you have one of the most important celebrations of a life well lived in service in the country and the current President is not in attendance, while three others are with two of them speaking, that is about as big a message as can be sent. He is truly the “uninvited guest.” His followers are angry at the words and slight. They are both well earned by the man in the White House. By the way, there is an excellent piece in The Guardian or Politico, I can’t remember which, that speaks of why you don’t want Trump at a funeral. At his father’s funeral, he spoke much of his successes, not his father’s, but the his. Keith

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