Support for Trump and support for impeachment roughly the same now

Trump's approval rating is now close to the percentage of Americans who want him impeached

Published May 31, 2017 12:04PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A recent poll found that 43 percent of Americans want President Donald Trump to be impeached by Congress, a five-point increase from the 38 percent who felt that way last week.

This is the result from a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll, one which also found that 45 percent of Americans don't want to impeach Trump and that (again) 45 percent approve of Trump's performance as president. By contrast, a whopping 50 percent disapprove of how Trump has conducted himself in the Oval Office.

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There is a predictable partisan split on the impeachment issue, with 71 percent of self-identified Democrats supporting it and 76 percent of self-identified Republicans opposing it.

If the figures for Trump are analyzed beyond that one poll, they become much less promising for the president. An analysis of all polls by FiveThirtyEight found that on average only 39.1 percent approve of the president's performance so far, compared to 54.1 percent who disapprove of it. When compared to his 12 predecessors, Trump surpasses only one of them when it comes to popularity at this point in his presidency: Bill Clinton, whose approval rating was a mere 36.8 percent at 132 days into his first term.

Nine of the 12 presidents had approval ratings of at least 60 percent, including Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Barack Obama.

By contrast, Gerald Ford was at 39.9 percent at this point in his presidency and George W. Bush was at 53.7 percent, figures that were much lower than normal, but still higher than Trump is right now.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science, health and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and the intersections between science and politics. He has interviewed many prominent figures including former President Jimmy Carter, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, animal scientist and activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, actor George Takei, and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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