Even before House Democrats moved to impeach President Donald Trump, many assumed such an effort would result in an acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate. Still, Dems pressed on, apparently in an effort to damage the president’s reputation ahead of November’s elections.
Unfortunately for Democrats, their efforts are failing. The results of a new Washington Post–ABC News poll show that Trump’s approval rating has actually gone up since the impeachment saga began.
On the up-and-up
The Post–ABC poll, conducted over the first few days of Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, found that 44% of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 51% disapprove. Naturally, there was a partisan divide, but the president’s overall approval was likely bolstered by the fact that 56% of Americans approve of how he has handled the economy, compared to just 38% who disapprove.
At 44%, Trump’s current approval rating stands in stark comparison to the mere 38% approval he garnered in the same poll in October 2019, at the early stages of the impeachment effort against him.
Moreover, the poll found that 49% of Americans stand opposed to Trump being convicted and removed from office, compared to 47% who believed he should be removed. That number includes 51% of independent voters, who said they were opposed to removal, and 42% who said they were in support of it.
In other words, while Democrats and the mainstream media have thrown everything they can at Trump throughout their impeachment circus, the president has only grown stronger ahead of a near-certain acquittal at the end of his trial in the Senate.
The numbers don’t lie
And this poll isn’t an outlier; Trump really is performing well among the American public. In fact, the RealClearPolitics average of polls has displayed a similar uptick in the president’s approval rating as the impeachment process has moved along.
The current average shows Trump with 45.5% approval rating, up from a recent low of 41.8% in October. The increase was driven in large part by a slew of recent polls in mid-January that showed the president’s approval rating in the mid- to upper-40s.
One such poll was conducted by Gallup, which placed Trump’s approval rating at 44% — a substantial increase over his 39% rating at the start of the impeachment inquiry in September 2019.
Gallup also revealed that 51% of its latest respondents said they were opposed to Trump being removed from office, while just 46% wanted to see the president ousted from the White House by way of Senate trial.
While the margins are slim, the numbers don’t lie: most Americans aren’t on board with Democrats’ attempts to oust the president.
Indeed, it looks like all the Dems have done is made Trump stronger going into November’s elections. It must be a shame when things don’t go according to plan.