SPOTLIGHT

Reading Between Trump’s Toplines

His drop in support among independents and in counties he flipped should concern Republicans.

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 16, 2017.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
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Kyle Trygstad
July 17, 2017, 9:12 a.m.

A trio of polls released over the weekend broke down the significant hit President Trump’s popularity has taken at the national, state, and county levels, particularly among independents whose movement signals trouble for congressional Republicans.

Trump’s 6-point national approval rating drop to 36 percent among adults in a Washington Post/ABC News poll matched his descent among independents, who are down to 32 percent approval. The 82 percent of Republicans who backed him changed little from the previous survey in April.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, which Trump won by 9 points after President Obama carried it by 6 points in 2012, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found a majority of adults now disapprove of the job he’s doing, including 59 percent of independents.

That jibes with an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of U.S. counties Trump flipped. He won those surveyed with 51 percent overall last year, but just 44 percent now approve of his job performance.

Combined, these results offer a concerning trend for House Republicans looking to hold their majority and for Senate Republicans hoping to expand theirs.

Kyle Trygstad

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