Americans might not yet be completely tired of the Trump regime, but it’s getting there.
The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found 64% of American adults were “sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,” while 27% said they were not and 9% were unsure.
The poll underscored the political risks for Trump, who has adopted a hardline approach to the protests and threatened to deploy the U.S. military to quell violent dissent. The Republican president faces Democrat Joe Biden in November’s election.
More than 55% of Americans said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the protests, including 40% who “strongly” disapproved, while just one-third said they approved – lower than his overall job approval of 39%, the poll showed.
A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll found that Biden’s lead over Trump among registered voters expanded to 10 percentage points – the biggest margin since the former vice president became his party’s presumptive nominee in early April.
Twice as many independent voters said they disapproved of Trump’s response to the unrest. Even among Republicans, only 67% said they approved of the way he had responded, significantly lower than the 82% who liked his overall job performance.
These statistical calculations show just how unpopular Trump really is… https://t.co/bjv7xUZCeF— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 2, 2020
Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
The President had peaceful protesters shot with tear gas and rubber bullets so he could get his picture taken.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) June 1, 2020
Here's a close-up: pic.twitter.com/yZK46OWFOC— The Recount (@therecount) June 2, 2020