President Trump’s approval rating has taken a noticeable drop with eight weeks to go in the midterm elections.
The dive started at the end of August after nearly three straight months at 43 percent in the RealClearPolitics average. Then three fresh polls this week from Quinnipiac, CNN, and Gallup found him between 37 and 40 percent, dragging Trump to his lowest point in the average since March (41.1 percent).
His support among independents dropped to 31 percent in the CNN poll, 5 points lower than in the Quinnipiac survey.
The timing couldn’t be worse for vulnerable House Republicans and GOP candidates running in competitive territory, where the president’s support could be even lower. The presidential anchor in dozens of seats means they’ll have to overcome headwinds that appear to be only strengthening and win on candidate and message quality alone.
Trump’s national approval was already historically low, and we’d already seen a couple of incumbents highlighting ways they’ve stood up to him. If the downward trend continues, the number of Republicans openly running away from the president will undoubtedly go up.
-- Kyle Trygstad