In less than one year as President, Donald Trump has become less popular in every single US state, a new poll shows.
An Organization called Morning Consult surveyed more than 470,000 Americans between the months of January and September about their opinions on Mr Trump. The pollsters found that the President’s approval rating had dropped in every state – including those that supported him in the election – in the eight months since his inauguration.
More shockingly Mr Trump’s approval rating dropped by double digits in several of the states he won easily in November, including Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas. He saw a slightly less dramatic decline in states where he scored narrow victories, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania.
The poll, which surveyed 472,000 registered voters between January and September, also found a 19-point drop in Trump’s net approval ratings nationwide.
Trump has failed to improve his standing among voters anywhere, the poll found, even in the states where he won by large margins in the 2016 presidential election.
Overall, his approval rating was down six points, from 49 per cent in January to 43 per cent in September. His disapproval rating, meanwhile, increased by 13 per cent.
In 25 states and the District of Columbia, the majority of voters said they disapproved of Mr Trump’s job performance in September.
The number of voters who disapprove of Trump’s job performance nationwide has also climbed by double digits: In January, the president’s disapproval rating was 39 percent — by September that figure had climbed 13 points, to 52 percent.
In Nevada and Arizona, two states where vulnerable Republican senators are running for re-election next year, 51 percent of voters statewide said they disapproved of Trump’s job performance.
The sheer size of the president’s negative approval swings also suggests that in some states, independents and Democrats may be starting to coalesce into one voting bloc.
And in Washington, where positive approval ratings often translate into political clout on Capitol Hill, the poll bodes poorly for the White House.
As the Trump administration prepares to push a tax overhaul bill and possible immigration reform, the numbers suggest that the president’s leverage could be diminished in these and future fights.
The poll’s margin of error ranged from 2 to 6 percentage points, with lower error margins in more populous states.
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