By Hanif Ghaffari

What Republicans are worried about?

July 24, 2018 - 12:40

The decline in the popularity of the U.S. President over the past few days has attracted a lot of media attention.as the NBC news reported, After an eventful and tumultuous month in American politics, majorities of American voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s handling of Russia and immigration at the border, while half approve of his job on the economy, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Trump’s overall job-approval rating in the poll stands at 45 percent among registered voters — up 1 point from June — while 52 percent of voters disapprove of his job.That stability in Trump’s numbers stands out given the controversies and news over the past month — the separated families at the border, Trump’s contentious NATO meetings, his less contentious meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin — says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollsters Peter Hart and Fred Yang.“These numbers don’t budge,” McInturff said. “The Republican numbers don’t budge.”

Indeed, the new NBC/WSJ poll finds the president’s approval rating among Republican voters at 88 percent — the highest of his presidency — and 29 percent of all voters strongly approve of his job, which is another high for Trump in the poll.“The more Trump gets criticized by the media, the more his base seems to rally behind him,” says Yang, the Democratic pollster.By comparison, just 9 percent of Democrats give the president’s job performance a thumbs-up, and 44 percent of all voters strongly disapprove of his job.

In the poll — half of which was conducted before and the day of Trump’s July 16 news conference in Helsinki with Putin, the other half afterward — just 26 percent approve of the president’s handling of the relationship between the United States and Russia. Fifty-one percent disapprove.Not surprisingly, Republicans are more supportive of Trump’s handling of Russia (53 percent of them approve) than Democrats (6 percent) and even Independents (14 percent) are.

“I think he is trying to build relations with Russia so that we do not have a war,” said Republican respondent Frank Garrido of Florida when asked to describe his reaction to Trump’s meetings with NATO allies and Russia’s Putin. “It is better to talk to [Putin] than to not. I think the Democrats are just maniacs.”

IndependentDeborah Linzy of Arkansas had a counter view, saying, “I think [Trump] was — for lack of a better word — disrespectful to the NATO allies and much too friendly with Putin. I do not consider Russia an ally.”

Additionally, the survey finds that only 31 percent of voters back Trump’s handling the treatment of parents and children at the border who entered the United States illegally at the border, and 38 percent approve of his handling of trade with foreign countries.But 44 percent of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the situation in North Korea — up from the 34 percent of adults who said this in October 2017.And 50 percent of voters support Trump’s handling of the economy, which is up 8 points from October.

The fact is that Republicans in the United States are now worried about the country's 2020 presidential elections. Surveys in this country have shown that Trump's popularity has fallen by about 35%. Even in some surveys, Trump's popularity has dropped to 30% and below. Although the president of the United States claims that the polls are all fake, it is obvious that the popularity of Trump with American citizens has fallen since the time of the presidential elections in 2016. The Republican defeat in the recent state elections in Alabama indicates the same thing. On the other hand, Democrats have already started their efforts to conquer the White House and return to power.People like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are listed as possible candidates for the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential elections. Surveys show that if any of these two Democratic politicians stand against Trump, they can easily defeat him in the competitions. In such a situation, we are witnessing increasing objections to the President's approach and, of course, an aggravated concern by Republican senators over the political situation of their party.

Without a doubt, the Republican contenders' failure to win the 2018 congressional election and the majority of Democratic congressional seats will undoubtedly be the tramp and rivalry. The conflict will continue until the presidential elections of 2020. Consequently, the President of the United States and his entourage will be watching this year's congressional elections.

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