Share This Article with a Friend!

The Reason For President Trump’s Approval Problem

The liberal media (but I repeat myself) has been chortling with glee over the alleged dip in President Donald Trump’s approval, but what the networks and liberal talking heads aren’t telling you is that the supposed dip in the President’s approval isn’t what it appears to be.

New Gallup figures show President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dropped to 37%, while 58% of Trump approval ratingAmericans disapprove of his performance so far as president.

Likewise, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday the President’s approval rating has fallen to 37% — a new low.

But Trump’s problem isn’t Trump – it’s Paul Ryan.

Eighty percent of swing-voting independents, and 54 percent of GOP voters oppose cuts to Medicaid proposed by the GOP’s Ryancare plan, according to the new Quinnipiac poll.

According to an analysis by Breitbart’s Neil Munro the Medicaid question “provided one of the few clear responses” to a series of broad questions about opinions towards the GOP plan to reform the Obamacare healthcare network.

The clear Medicaid question is useful because the GOP’s plan would clearly roll back, or cut, roughly 14 million people from Medicaid over the next several years, according to an estimate by an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Quinnipiac poll asked voters, “Do you support or oppose decreasing federal funding for Medicaid, a government program that helps pay for health care for low-income Americans?” The overall response was 74 percent against, including 80 percent opposition from swing voters and 54 percent opposition from GOP voters, among the voters who will decide the pending 2018 elections.

Cutting Medicaid, or shifting the burden of funding Medicaid to state taxpayers, is one of Speaker Paul Ryan’s signature policy prescriptions for “bending the cost curve down.”

Of course, shifting the burden from federal to state taxpayers doesn’t lower overall costs and despite Paul Ryan’s arrogant assumption to the contrary, voters are smart enough to figure that out, especially the independent and conservative Republican voters who gave Donald Trump his unexpected victory over the establishment of both political parties.

Which brings us back to President Trump’s allegedly plummeting poll numbers.

The Quinnipiac University survey of 1,056 voters from across the US found that Trump's approval among Republican voters dropped to 81%, from 91% of those surveyed in a similar Quinnipiac poll two weeks ago. His disapproval rating among that group jumped to 14% from 5%.

The poll showed those in Trump's most supportive demographics — male and white voters — to be increasingly unhappy with his performance. Forty-three percent of men approved of Trump — down from 49% in the most recent poll, while 44% of white voters approved, also down from 49%.

"Most alarming for President Donald Trump, the demographic underpinnings of his support, Republicans, white voters, especially men and those without a college degree, are starting to have doubts," the assistant director of the poll, Tim Malloy, said in a statement.

And the clearest doubt recent polling has revealed is that Trump voters don’t like Paul Ryan’s prescription for continued federal government control of the health insurance and health care markets.

To be sure there are many issues plumbed in these polls, but what comes through loud and clear is that, by hitching his popularity to Paul Ryan and Ryancare, President Trump has suffered a devastating drop in approval among the staunchest of his core constituents.

Share this