Six days into his third government shutdown, President Donald Trump’s approval rating appears to be waning, even among his own base.
A new Morning Consult poll of 1,992 registered voters from December 21-23 shows Trump with abysmal 39 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval, matching his all time low rating from the summer of 2017 after his response to Charlottesville.
That 56 percent disapproval includes 90 percent of Democrats and, perhaps most crucially, 57 percent of Republicans.
Additionally, the poll found that 43 percent of Americans blame Trump for the government shutdown and a further 53 percent said Trump did not try hard enough to keep the government open.
A two-thirds majority of Republicans, on the other hand, pinned the shutdown on Congressional Democrats. This is in spite of Trump earlier this month saying he “would be proud to shut down the government over border security.”
On December 21, Trump reneged on signing a bipartisan measure — which included $5 billion in border security funding — that would have funded the government through February 8. Democrats, set to take over the House of Representatives next week, are refusing to allocate any money toward a wall.
Trump’s biggest campaign promise, of course, was building a wall and having Mexico pay for it, but support for Trump’s border wall has taken a hit, according to the Morning Consult survey.
Sixty-four percent of respondents do not believe Trump will get sufficient funding for a border wall. Among Democrats, that number jumps to 78 percent. Most notably, however, 54 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of self-identified Trump voters also said it was “unlikely” that Trump’s border wall will ever come to fruition.
“A similar pessimism was found among voters who said they cast their ballots for Trump in 2016,” Morning Consult explains. “Thirty-eight percent said it was likely Trump would get full wall funding, compared with 52 percent who said it wasn’t.”
The Morning Consult poll had a margin of error of +/- two percentage points.
Some think a 39 percent approval is still bafflingly high.
It says 39%…which is still cultishly high.
— Fran (@berkfran) December 26, 2018
On Thursday morning, Trump jumped on Twitter to make his increasingly desperate case for a wall. Then, in a twisted attempt to justify the shutdown, the president claimed without evidence that most furloughed government workers are Democrats.