60 Days in Trump Has a 37% Approval Rating; Lower Than Obama Ever Got
After all this talk about how Trump has suspended the rules of political gravity, here is where things stand at the present.
60 days in, Trump is at a 37% approval rating. Obama never dropped that low in 8 years (& he had to deal with the global financial meltdown)
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 19, 2017
Yes-37% approval rating which is lower than it ever got for Obama. Meanwhile 58% disapprove so Trump is already -21 down. Obama was never as much as -20 his entire term.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 18, 2017
But I think Silver in another tweet touches on the problem:
Hard to understate how unpopular the GOP's health care bill is. https://t.co/LPEV5p9X3L
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 18, 2017
Yes, more people ‘strongly oppose’ Trumpcare than total support for it.
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) March 17, 2017
I think there are a lot of things pushing Trump’s popularity down but I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the importance of how unpopular Trumpcare is.
If Trump were the political genius Scott Adams says he is, he’d never allow himself to be co-opted by Paul Ryan. What’s interesting is that when Trump talks about the bill, he gives no hints that he remotely understands what’s in it or what it does.
After Trump’s awkward photo op with some House conservatives, he gave us the usual happy talk-all those ‘nos turned to yeses.’
“After a small group of reluctant conservatives on Friday expressed newfound support for House Republicans’ Affordable Care Act replacement, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that the GOP would move ahead with voting on the legislation next week, even though a significant chunk of hard-line conservatives swear they won’t budge.”
“About a dozen members from the Republican Study Committee ― all of whom President Donald Trump dubiously reported were “either a no or a maybe” ― came out in support of the GOP’s American Health Care Act on Friday. All it took for those members was a little face time with the president and some cosmetic tweaks to the legislation, which Trump backed.”
“Those changes would give states the option of imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients, as well as of receiving a Medicaid block grant rather than the per-person sum they get now. But conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus ― a smaller, but more dedicated conservative group in the House ― do not appear wowed by the changes.”
However, Justin Amash has some cold water for this Trumpian happy talk:
“The scene at the White House was political theater,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told HuffPost. “Vote counts haven’t changed.” https://t.co/wF9FfvT4iw
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 18, 2017
Just in case there is any doubt where Amash stands, he also tweeted out this:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 19, 2017
Back to the Huffington Post:
“Wait, we are still opposing?” Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) facetiously asked The Huffington Post on Friday. “I thought we had caved as soon as they met zero of our demands.”
“Labrador’s tough talk appears directed at leadership, who seemed to present RSC members caving as a major development in the whip effort. But Freedom Caucus members have been saying all along that they didn’t expect those members to stand strong.”
“The scene at the White House was political theater,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told HuffPost. “Vote counts haven’t changed.”
Trump had promised repeal, Amash added. “This bill not only breaks that commitment but also avoids meaningful reforms to improve health care for all Americans,” he said.
“The Freedom Caucus Twitter account suggested Friday that at least 80 percent of members ― meaning at least 30 Republicans ― were still opposed to the legislation. It’s clear party leaders don’t have enough support yet: They can only lose about 21 Republicans on the vote, and some moderates also have vowed to vote against the bill.”
“Everybody wants to get a deal, but no one knows how to make it,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told HuffPost. He thought about that statement, then slightly revised it. “No one on Capitol Hill knows how to make it,” he said.
Considering both how unpopular Trumpcare is and Trump’s overall popularity is tanking there isn’t much downside to opposing this terrible, no good, bill.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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