Four nights of gloom, doom, lies, and attempts to humanize President Donald Trump did absolutely no good. Matter of fact, the 2020 Republican National Convention appears to have made Trump even weaker than he was before a single GOP speaker ever uttered a word.
The new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that Trump’s approval rating has fallen since the convention ended on Thursday evening:
“Less than one-third (31%) of the country has a favorable view of the president in the days after he accepted the Republican nomination for the second time — a stagnant reality for Trump. His favorability rating stood at 32% in the last poll, taken a week earlier, right after the Democratic National Convention.
“Trump’s favorability dipped slightly — by four points among Republicans in the newest survey.”
Clearly, Trump got no bounce from the angry, strident convention put forth by the Republican Party.
In contrast, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden saw his approval rating rise, the classic post-convention polling bounce:
“In the new survey, which was conducted using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, Biden’s favorability remains higher than his unfavorability, 46% to 40%, solidifying his improvement in favorability from last week, when attitudes about the Democratic nominee improved to a net positive from his slightly underwater position prior to the convention.
“Biden’s favorability ticked up from 40% in an Aug. 13 poll to 45% just after the Democratic convention.”
The main issue dragging down Trump’s poll numbers, is, as you’d expect, his tepid response to the coronvirus pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 183,000 Americans and continues to infect thousands more each day.
63 percent of Americans surveyed disapprove of the way the president has handled COVID-19 and its impact on the nation.
Overall, the two parties appear to be moving in opposite directions, ABC notes:
“Taken together, the last two weeks set up a general election between an incumbent ticket facing a favorability deficit, while views of the Democratic ticket have bounced into positive territory during the convention season.”
The tone and tenor of the GOP convention did not sit well with most voters:
“Only 34% of the country felt that this year’s GOP convention maintained the right balance between criticizing Democrats and touting their own party’s achievements, compared to 45% who believed the same about the Democrats following their convention.
“Almost 2 in 3 Americans (62%) felt that the Republicans spent too much time criticizing their opponents.”
Meanwhile, polls in key battleground states such as Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all show Biden ahead of Trump, in some cases by as much as six percentage points. If Trump loses three of those states, he’ll have no path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
Incumbent presidents usually try to present a positive, upbeat message when they seek reelection. That’s what Reagan and Obama did with great success. Trump’s nasty, negative convention alienated voters, and that could spell doom for him on Election Day.