Trump’s favorability increases as Biden’s numbers continue downward trend: Polls

Although many Democrats, mainstream media figures, and even a few Republicans have worked to demonize and ostracize former President Donald Trump, it seems clear that he remains an influential political figure.

In fact, one recent poll showed that Trump’s favorability has ticked up slightly since he left office, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Meanwhile, of course, President Joe Biden’s popularity has plummeted amid complaints about his handling of the economy, the Afghanistan troop withdrawal, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

Republicans still view Trump favorably

According to the recent Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters, 52% of respondents held a favorable view of the former president. That number included the roughly one in three who gave him “very favorable” marks. The poll was conducted between Jan. 4-5 and came with a three-point margin of error.

Broken down by partisan affiliation, 85% of Republicans shared a favorable view with more than 6 in 10 giving him a very favorable rating. Slightly more than half of the independent voters and even 23% of Democrats had a favorable view of Trump.

On the other hand, 47% of respondents viewed Trump unfavorably, including nearly 4 in 10 who reported a very unfavorable review.

According to the Washington Examiner, Trump left office nearly a year ago with a 51% approval rating.

Bad news continues for Biden

A separate Rasmussen survey conducted just days earlier revealed that Biden’s approval rating has plummeted to the point that just over a quarter of Americans believe he will be re-elected in 2024.

Nearly 4 in 10 respondents told pollsters that they believe he would lose to any Republican challenger and 21% think he will resign from office prior to the next presidential election. Another 15% of voters said they were unsure what to think.

Perhaps the worst news for Biden comes in the fact that a mere 55% of Democrats believe he will run for and win a second term. More than 2 in 10 members of his own party think he would lose a re-election bid.

As it currently stands, the RealClearPolitics average places Biden’s favorability disadvantage higher than Trump’s. Although the current president’s 42.1% approval rating is slightly higher than his predecessor’s 41.8%, his disapproval rating is nearly three points higher.

Beyond merely reflecting disapproval of the current administration’s policies, pundits suggest the polling results could signal widespread electoral defeats for the Democratic Party in the upcoming midterm elections.

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