MNGOP Chair Not Worried About Trump’s Approval Ratings

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Donald Trump lands in Minneapolis for final campaign stop before 2016 election. (Preya Samsundar/Alpha News MN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New poll numbers are in on President Donald Trump’s job approval rating.

The latest poll conducted by Gallup reports Trump’s second-quarter job approval rating at 39 percent, and polls from individual states show Minnesota remaining on par with the national average.

Gallup conducted phone interviews with more than 1,500 Minnesotans and found 39 percent of Minnesotans found Trump satisfactory when it came to his job, while 57 percent of the interviewed Minnesotans disapprove of Trump’s job performance.

Of the 50 states, 17 have an approval rating above 50 percent, while another 17 states have an approval rating below 40 percent.

West Virginia has the highest job approval rating for Trump at 60 percent, while the lowest job approval rating comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) home state of Vermont with 26 percent.

Members of the media have noted Trump’s approval ratings have continued to fall at a historic rate. Gallup notes that former President Bill Clinton previously held the worst second-quarter job approval rating at 44 percent in 1993.

While many look as a Trump’s job approval rating as a sign that Republicans may have a hard time maintaining or adding seats in the 2018 midterm elections, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan is not concerned.

“Advancing the Republican values of growth and opportunity isn’t predicated on positive poll numbers for the president or any politician. These time tested values are ingrained in our policy positions at every level of government and will stand the test of time,” Carnahan told Alpha News. “Contrary to what the mainstream media want to portray, the robust policy debates taking place in our party on healthcare reform and other issues are a sign of a healthy party with competing ideas on how to solve our country’s challenges. I believe the vast majority of Minnesotans view that as a sign of strength, not weakness, and it is certainly preferable to the bigger government, higher taxes mantra of the Democrats.”

Poll numbers show Trump still having support within the key swing states former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was expected to win on election night. Michigan (42), Florida (42), Pennsylvania (43), Ohio (47) have higher job approval ratings compared to the national average.

Meanwhile, early primary states such as New Hampshire (45) and Iowa (45), have approval ratings higher than national averages.

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.