Thursday, March 30, 2017

Paul Ryan's Job Approval Is Worse Than Donald Trump's

The Gallup Daily Tacking Poll had Trump's job approval at 36%. The latest CBS News Poll shows it only slightly better -- 40% approval and 52% disapproval. That's still a miserably low approval rating for a new president.

But it turns out that there's another Republican with an even worse job approval rating -- Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan has a job approval of only 33% (and disapproval of 52%). Ryan's disapproval comes from Independents (285 to 54%) and Democrats (18% to 70%). Republicans approve of Ryan (60% to 28%), but that approval is lower than what they give to Trump (84% to 12%).

Especially important is the view of Independents -- who have a poor view of both Trump (34% to 56%) and Ryan (28% to 54%). In swing House districts for the 2018 election, it is these Independents who will determine which party wins a seat -- and if Ryan and Trump cannot improve on these numbers, it could spell disaster for the House majority (especially since the party of a sitting president traditionally loses seats in the House anyway).

These charts are from a CBS News Poll -- done between March 25th and 28th of a random national sample of 1,088 adults, with a 4 point margin of error.

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