Over four years of scandals and investigations, President Trump has maintained an approval rating that has rarely budged from a 10-point band between 35 and 45 percent. Nothing he could say, do, or tweet seemed to drastically change public opinion about him.
But the events of January 6 – when a violent mob of President-incited Trump supporters stormed the Capitol – appear to have damaged it in his final days in office in a way that ultimately moved the needle. .
Mr Trump is expected to step down on Wednesday with an approval rating of 29%, the lowest in his presidency, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
About 75% of the public said Mr. Trump was partly responsible for the violence and destruction on January 6, which put the lives of the vice president and members of Congress at risk and resulted in five deaths, the inquiry found. .
And his behavior since the election – a period in which he has repeatedly tried to challenge his loss, has relied on conspiracy theorists for advice, has encouraged supporters who do not consider the president-elect. Joseph R. Biden Jr. as legitimate and refused to concede – cost Mr. Trump’s support even to those who have loyally supported him so far.
According to Pew, the share of supporters who described his conduct as “poor” has doubled from 10% to 20% in the past two months.
Mr. Biden, on the other hand, benefited from the way he handled the transition period. About 64% of voters said they had a positive opinion of his conduct since the November election. The majority of voters said they also approved of his cabinet selections.
Mr Trump’s polls during his tenure have been surprisingly stagnant, despite the president’s regular eruptions. He was the only president in Gallup poll history to never gain the support of a majority of Americans during a single day in office. But he also clung to his enduring base, which seemed willing to ignore any behavior he did not approve of or any promises Mr. Trump never kept.
That group now appears to have dwindled, although Mr. Trump still has staunch supporters who believe in the conspiracy theories he promoted about voter fraud. About 34% of respondents said they believed Mr. Trump was “definitely” or “probably” the legitimate winner of the election.
Mr. Trump’s advisers have attempted to give him that base of loyal support, noting that there were “welcome home” events scheduled for his arrival in Florida on Wednesday. They also scheduled an optimistic dispatch on the morning of January 20 to commemorate his final departure from Washington as president, aboard Air Force One.
But whatever show of support he sees on his way out, he will deny the reality of his situation.
Not only did he make history as the first president to be impeached twice. But he appears to be on his way to leaving office with the lowest approval rating of any modern president.