Why is Trump Polling Better Than George W. Bush With 40 Million Unemployed, Race Riots, Over 100K COVID-19 Deaths?
Despite his failure to contain the COVID-19 virus, which has killed more than 107,000 Americans, and over a week of race riots, and 40 million Americans unemployed, President Donald Trump’s latest polls are still better than President George W. Bush’s numbers were in 2009.
Bush left the White House with approval ratings in the mid to low thirties, but Trump’s approval is still in the forties.
According to RealClearPolitics, which averages all the polls, Trump is only trailing former Vice President Joe Biden 42.2 to 49.3 percent.
A source close to the White House told the Daily Beast that the Biden camp should be worried about Trump’s numbers:
It’s hard to imagine the environment getting tougher for him than it is today, so if I were the Biden campaign, especially as the economy improves, I would be very concerned that the president is still clearly in the game.
Alex Conant, a Republican strategist and pollster who worked for the Bush White House, explained why Trump’s numbers are not lower:
The reason the bottom hasn’t fallen out is because at every turn Trump has done exactly what 40 percent of the country wants him to do.
His problem is there is about 55 percent of the country that really disagrees with him. Trump’s base is loyal to him because he is also very loyal to his base. He never does anything that could undermine him with his own base.