A new poll shows President Trump producing the largest partisan gap Gallup has ever measured when members of the two parties were asked about presidential approval.
On Monday, Gallup released June polling numbers that showed 91 per cent of Republicans supportive of Trump, but just 2 per cent of Democrats – as Trump’s lower approval rating overall stayed steady at 38 per cent.
The 89-point difference is even bigger than the split pollsters saw in late January and early February during the president’s Senate impeachment trial, which registered an 87-point gap.
President Trump’s approval rating has been hovering in the high 30s since late May, but from June 8 to 30 he saw a slight uptick in Republican support, while losing more Democrats, producing the biggest partisan gap ever seen by Gallup’s pollsters
In early May, Trump’s approval rating tied with his personal best at 49 per cent. The downslide seems linked to his response to the Black Lives Matter protests. On June 1, Trump took part in controversial photo-op in front of St. John’s, with protesters being teargassed minutes before
The latest numbers are based Gallup’s polling from June 8 to 30.
Polling from May 28 to June 4, saw Trump’s approval hovering in the high 30s as well, then in June he upped his support among Republicans – from 85 per cent to 91 per cent.
At the same time, he lost ground with independents and Democrats.
From late May to late June he dropped from 39 per cent to 33 per cent with independents, which could be problematic going into the November 2020 election.
Democratic support went from 5 per cent to 2 per cent.
And while 38 per cent is low, the president saw lower numbers – 35 per cent – four separate occasions in 2017.
Additionally, in early May, Trump’s approval rating tied with his personal best at 49 per cent.
This was amid the coronavirus pandemic, but before the president’s handling of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations that took place after the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who was killed by a white police officer.
Since late May, the president has lost ground with every major voting bloc.
Only the majority of one group – white voters without college degrees – supports him.
Fifty-seven per cent now approve of the president, down from 66 per cent who approved of Trump from January to early May.
Trump lost the most ground with voters in the East, where he dropped 13 points from earlier this year until June.
He began the year with 40 per cent support from east-coast voters and now sits at 27 per cent.
And despite leaning hard into culture war issues, including refusing to rename military bases that are named for Confederate Civil War figures, Trump lost some support in the south too.
From January to early May, 53 per cent of southerners approved of the job the president was doing.
That number now sits at 48 per cent.