If the 2016 presidential election were held again today, Hillary Clinton would receive even fewer votes and Donald Trump would still be the president, according to ABC News.
President Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president since 1945 as he nears his 100th day in office. However, the vast majority of Americans who voted for him in 2016 apparently have no regrets and would vote for him again today.
The same can’t be said for Hillary Clinton.
An astonishing 96 percent of people who voted for Trump in November said they would vote for him again if the election was held today, according to ABC’s polling. On the other hand, only 85 percent of Clinton voters said they would cast another vote for the Democratic candidate.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
ABC News adds more context to the numbers:
Among Americans who say they voted in the 2016 election, 46 percent say they voted for Hillary Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, very close to the 2-point margin in the actual popular vote results. However, while Trump would retain almost all of his support if the election were held again today (96 percent), fewer of Clinton’s supporters say they’d stick with her (85 percent), producing a 40-43 percent Clinton-Trump result in this hypothetical re-do among self-reported 2016 voters.
That’s not because former Clinton supporters would now back Trump; only 2 percent of them say they’d do so, similar to the 1 percent of Trump voters who say they’d switch to Clinton. Instead, they’re more apt to say they’d vote for a third-party candidate or wouldn’t vote.
In a cautionary note to her party, Clinton’s 6-point drop in a hypothetical mulligan election relates to views of whether the Democratic Party is in touch with peoples’ concerns. Although the sample sizes are small, those who say the party is out of touch are less likely to say they’d support Clinton again, compared with those who see it as in touch.
That’s not to say that Trump doesn’t have his own polling problems. Just 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance so far. In comparison, Barack Obama saw a 69 percent approval rating during his first 100 days in office.
Further, 60 percent said they doubted Trump’s honesty and trustworthiness and 55 percent say his policy agenda is not driven by a clear set of principles.
But Americans gave Trump good grades for his initiative to keep jobs in the United States by pressuring companies — with 73 percent approving his tactics. In another important measure, 53 percent of Americans see Trump as a strong leader.
Bottom line: Even if Democrats got a second chance at the election today, they’d still lose to Trump.