NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.
The news pertaining to Donald Trump Junior’s 2016 election campaign meetings are, for now, having little to no effect on President Trump’s approval numbers.
Why? President Donald Trump’s highly unique style, flouting of convention, and disruptive and non-normative patterns of behavior in the White House are what are driving his high disapproval ratings from the American public — rather than disagreement with policies or his issue stances.
On the other hand, the results also make it clear that these same traits are not highly likely to be cited by those who approve of the job he is doing. His supporters instead give explanations for their approval which are mixed, and not that different from what President Barack Obama’s supporters said about him in 2009.
Trump’s base of support is currently centered in the evangelical South and rural counties scattered throughout Appalachia and the Midwest, according to June Gallup data analyzed using geopolitical categories developed by the American Communities Project (ACP) at George Washington University.
Examining Trump’s extraordinary battle with the media; the media were already unpopular before Trump took office, particularly with those on the right. New data show that despite all that has gone on, the public is as split on the “Trump versus the media” battle as they were months ago. And about as many think the media are too tough on Obama as think they are not tough enough.