Several polls have landed in the last 24 hours so let’s do a quick roundup of the headlines, starting with one from CNBC: “Higher percentage of Americans want Trump’s impeachment than wanted Nixon’s as Watergate escalated.”
Forty-one percent of Americans think Trump “should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency,” versus 53 percent who do not, according to [a Monmouth] poll. That compares with 24 percent who supported Nixon’s impeachment and 62 percent who did not in July 1973, when the Watergate scandal was escalating and about a year before Nixon resigned.
Support for Trump’s impeachment is higher than Nixon’s was even though the pair had roughly the same approval rating at those points in time, according to Monmouth. That may be a symptom of the more partisan environment that Trump faces, according to Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Additionally, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Trump’s approval rating was upside down in counties that he flipped, though it remained above 50 percent in his strongest counties—those that he won by 20 points or more. Newsweek writes:
The counties Trump flipped in 2016—counties he won that former President Barack Obama won in 2012—gave the relatively new president an approval rating of just 44 percent. Meanwhile, a slight majority of folks in those important swing counties, 51 percent, disapproved of the job Trump has done in the White House.
It wasn’t all bad news for Trump in the new poll, however. In counties where he did at least 20 percentage points better than the 2012 Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, Trump boasted a 56 percent approval rating, which was 16 percentage points higher than the disapproval rating in those counties.
Trump’s overall approval rating in the counties he won was right at 50 percent versus 46 percent disapproval in the WSJ/NBC poll, similar to a May Monmouth poll that put his approval in Trump counties at 51 percent.
That said, overall, he’s still the most unpopular president in modern American history. Or, in Trump’s alternative universe, “not bad.”