New polls: Trump's approval down in key election states

Marsha Scott
August 21, 2017

President Donald Trump is losing his job approval ratings in three crucial USA states that put him at helm in the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack during a demo against white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new poll shows.

Trump carried the trio of states in the 2016 presidential election by a total of 80,000 votes and became the first Republican to carry them since the 1980s.

Of the three states polled, MI has the highest percentage of voters who view Trump unfavorably, at 56%, with just 34% of voters holding a favorable view of the president.

And in Pennsylvania 54% disapproved of the president, with 35% approving of his performance, while in Wisconsin 56% disapproved of his performance with 34% approving, the polls showed.

An NBC News/Marist poll released on Sunday showed that 36% of voters in MI approve of Trump's job performance, while 55% disapprove.

In Wisconsin, only 17% of voters strongly approve of Trump.

According to the poll that was released Thursday, Trump's approval rating increased to 39 percent from a record low of 33 percent in part due to optimism on the economy. MI voters by a 42-to-39 percent margin said the USA economy has strengthened thanks to Trump's decisions. Sixty-three percent in Pennsylvania said the same thing.

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Roughly a quarter of registered voters in those states said they are "proud" of his conduct, the polls said.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, 64 percent of voters shared that sentiment.

Yet Trump gets higher marks on the economy in all three states.

Perhaps even more significant is that Democrats enjoy clear advantages when voters are asked who they want to control Congress after the 2018 midterm elections. The polls included a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points in either direction.

This latest poll contrasts slightly with a national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University that showed an uptick in Trump's approval rating.

Collectively, 62 percent of the 1,099 respondents polled agreed the president "decisions overall have weakened the role of the United States on the world stage".

Ahead of next year's midterm elections, the polls show that 48 percent of MI voters prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 35 percent who prefer a Republican-controlled one. In Pennsylvania, Democrats led with 47 percent. And in Wisconsin, they have an 8-point edge, 46 percent to 38 percent.

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