President Donald Trump’s support has dropped below 40% in several
key states that helped him win the 2016 election.
An NBC News/Marist
poll released on Sunday showed that 36% of voters in Michigan
approve of Trump’s job performance, while 55% disapprove.
Trump’s support was even lower in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, at
35% and 34% support respectively. In Pennsylvania, 54% of voters
disapproved of Trump’s job performance, and in Wisconsin, 56%
said they disapproved.
The same poll also showed that Democrats hold an edge over a year
before the 2018 midterm elections. In Michigan, 48% of voters
said they would prefer a Congress controlled by Democrats,
compared to 35% who said they want to see the reins remain in
In Pennsylvania, 47% of voters said they want to see Democrats
control congress, compared to 37% who supported Republican
control, and in Wisconsin, 46% of people said they’d prefer
Democratic control compared to 38% who supported Republican
Trump’s support also appeared to be slipping among key
demographic groups that helped deliver him the three crucial
In 2016, he only lost college-educated whites (39% of votes) by 12pts in Wisconsin. Marist poll has his approval rating among them at -48. https://t.co/6BCCcMTkOx
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) August 20, 2017
The telephone polls were conducted between August 13 and 17,
surveying 795 voters in Michigan, 773 voters in Pennsylvania, and
801 voters in Wisconsin, and had a 3.5% margin of error.
While former President Barack Obama won Michigan, Wisconsin, and
Pennsylvania in 2008 and 2012, Trump was able to flip the states
during the 2016 election, helping put him over the electoral
college threshold needed to win the presidency.
Some polling analysts cautioned
that since the poll was conducted directly in the aftermath of
initial failure to condemn a violent white supremacist
gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, it could
have exacerbated his unpopularity.
Trump’s low approval in several key states that helped him win
the 2016 election mirrored other national polls that show his
approval rating slumping just seven months into his presidency.
of Trump’s approval rating calculates recent polls while
considering their reliability and methodology, and on Sunday
showed the president’s approval rating at 37.8%. Over 55%
disapprove of his performance as president.