In three midwestern states, two of which were pivotal in the 2016 presidential election, the tides have turned on President Donald Trump. Michigan and Wisconsin, which both chose Trump in 2016, think in 2020, someone else should take the reins.
.@NBCNews poll: Does President Trump deserve re-election? https://t.co/51PXnZYtrW https://t.co/NgsUFu8sEt— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1532555228.0
The third state, Minnesota chose Clinton over Trump in 2016, but by only 1.5 percent. Now, President Trump is hovering around 30 percent in all three states regarding his reelection in 2020.
NBC News and Marist released the poll numbers Wednesday, with more forthcoming on Thursday. That 28-31 percent mark holds true for other national polls of voter attitudes leading into the 2018 midterm elections.
And while a lot can happen between now and 2020, the midterm elections are only 104 days away. Those poll numbers concern Republicans the most and the news from these important states is not good.
In congressional preference, the Democrats lead the GOP by 8 to 12 percentage points, approaching 50 percent. While preference for Republican legislators fared better than Trump, not by much.
And that could be tied to the President's approval ratings. While the first question merely asked if Trump should return to the Oval Office in 2020, the second asked people to rate his job performance.
In Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the President earned a solid F. His approval numbers match very closely to the congressional preference numbers for GOP support. However his disapproval numbers are higher than support for Democrats in Congress.
Over 50 percent of voters in all three states disapprove of the job Trump is doing at the White House.
Many speculate that prominent Republicans already saw the writing on the wall for 2018. Several prominent GOP members announced their retirement from politics, including Wisconsin Republican Representative and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
As for the President, he continues to hold routine rallies for himself. The campaign almost never stopped.
However the rallies are going to more remote areas now, with smaller venues and smaller crowds. The President's last two Trump rallies were held in Fargo, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana. Crowd size is anywhere from hundreds to thousands according to the source for the numbers.
The arena for Trump's Great Falls event has a maximum capacity of 6,600 people without the special barricades required for a presidential entourage.
People reacting to the latest poll numbers were unsurprised by the outcome. Many listed reasons for the drop in Trump and GOP approval.
For many, it is about promises made and promises not kept.
@NBCNews Trumps disastrous trade deals, tariffs and alienating Canada will hurt Michigan really hard in a struggling state.— Jay Thomas Kirby (@Jay Thomas Kirby) 1532554123.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews Somebody regrets their vote!— Diane Noland (@Diane Noland) 1532555623.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews https://t.co/4A2wrfFEsS— Omega Red O'Neal (@Omega Red O'Neal) 1532555680.0
@redoneal82 @MSNBC @NBCNews Damn, that really shows his true accomplishments. And it's only been 18 months.— alvinmorgan (@alvinmorgan) 1532555847.0
@NBCNews It's not exactly a secret that a large majority of Americans don't like Trump. The guy sucks. The far rig… https://t.co/tGpyS3xEw0— Derrick Swafford (@Derrick Swafford) 1532553895.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews Two of the states where Russia barely pushed him over the top. . . https://t.co/nuDuOlhfy1— Auntie Ruth Bader-Ginsberg's Balm in Gilead (@Auntie Ruth Bader-Ginsberg's Balm in Gilead) 1532555350.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews If those voters had been in touch in 2016,we wouldn't be in the position we're in today.— me (@me) 1532555447.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews America may be waking up from https://t.co/WgHbO8hXIB— MsMannSeñoraHombre (@MsMannSeñoraHombre) 1532555695.0
@MSNBC @NBCNews Let’s hear Smoky Lying Eye @PressSec spin this.— BiCoastal Elitist (@BiCoastal Elitist) 1532556472.0
@NBCNews buyers remorse— Maggie Doyle (@Maggie Doyle) 1532554453.0
@NBCNews @nbcsandiego That maybe out of reach even for the Russian hackers... but who knows?— Unico10 (@Unico10) 1532553893.0
And some posited explanations for some of the numbers.
@MSNBC @NBCNews I think I see what's happening: Trump voters realize he shouldn't be re-elected, but they don't wa… https://t.co/lTPiTrI24b— Powerful Mel Ankoly 🦈 #ForThePeople (@Powerful Mel Ankoly 🦈 #ForThePeople) 1532557099.0
Including a few sarcastic ones.
@NBCNews We need to establish commission to investigate the millions of undocumented aliens who moved to the 3 stat… https://t.co/d43lWkIi6P— What's in your Nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger? (@What's in your Nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger?) 1532554764.0
@lucasrom98 @NBCNews @realDonaldTrump @RogueFirstLady @AshaRangappa_ They were joined by dead people. 💀— PlutoPalJCJ+DeepStateK9 (@PlutoPalJCJ+DeepStateK9) 1532554989.0
Nothing will be certain until the ballots are cast and votes are counted. In the 2014 midterms where less that 40 percent of eligible voters showed up, voter apathy decided the election, not personal choice. Hopefully in 2018, people will be motivated to head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.