President Donald Trump and his team have regularly fought for a positive perception of the president among the American people.
Last Sunday, Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway defended her boss to Fox News’s Chris Wallace:
Despite Conway’s claim that Trump “understood America,” recent poll numbers tell a different story.
While the president has remained steady at 43% since January 29, another poll identified startling information.
Of the 725 registered voters who were surveyed, Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 51% thought Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had more credibility than the president.
Who else did 51% consider to have more credibility than Trump? The New York Times.
On January 30 and 31, registered voters were also asked if they would support impeaching Donald Trump. Despite an overall 47% approval rating from the poll, the results showed an alarming trend:
- Support impeaching Donald Trump: 40%
- Oppose impeaching Donald Trump: 48%
- Not sure: 12%
Even after Watergate, former President Richard Nixon only reached 26% impeachment support, according to Pew Research, which makes support for the impeachment of Donald Trump by 40% of voters surveyed even more staggering.
That is, if the numbers are accurate. While Public Policy Polling’s approval numbers mostly align with Gallup’s, its methodology could be called into question.
PPP surveyed less than half the number of people that Gallup did and had a higher margin of error by at least 0.6%.
With the continual decreased use of landlines, Gallup began to incorporate cell phones into their polls in 2008. PPP used only landline households for their survey, with 20% of respondents using an opt-in internet panel.
Since opt-in surveys are available to whomever sees them and elects to participate, Pew Research has identified opt-in surveys as being an unreliable method of drawing a correlation between the sample and overall population.
Although, according to Gallup, President Donald Trump’s nine predecessors averaged an approval rating of about 62% during their first February in office– 19% higher than he is current polling.