As House Democrats took impeachment hearings public and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) directed the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment, President Donald Trump’s approval rating among likely voters rose five points, from 46% to 51%, in the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll.
Trump’s numbers are higher than former President Barack Obama’s at the same point in his first term. Obama had an approval rating of 46% in December of 2011.
Additionally, Trump is polling very strongly among independent voters and in swing states that will be crucial to his re-election efforts. The lack of public support for impeachment and the failure on House Democrats’ part to show any evidence of wrongdoing by Trump make it highly unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to convict Trump in an impeachment trial.
People will naturally defend someone they think is getting a raw deal, which may account for some of the recent support Trump is receiving from the public.
But Trump has also notched several major accomplishments that are causing Republicans and Independents to lend their support. Two strong constitutionalist judges on the Supreme Court and over 170 federal judges confirmed on the lower courts have been able to begin turning the tide of extreme liberal activism from the bench that threatened to erode key freedoms.
While not completely successful in reforming immigration and completing the long-promised wall, Trump has made progress on those objectives and could continue to do so in a second term. He has also made agreements with Latin American countries designed to reduce the number of people who remain in the U.S. while seeking asylum, according to the Associated Press, curtailing a major source of illegal immigrants getting lost in the system and disappearing into the country’s interior.
The economy is another major success story for Trump. Despite detractors claiming that Obama was responsible for getting the recent economic expansion started, there is no denying that tax cuts and decreasing regulations on businesses have helped to create record-low unemployment and even labor shortages in some areas.
Democrats have wanted to impeach Trump virtually since the day he was elected, and there are many reasons why. In the beginning, it was because Trump was a political outsider who threatened to upend the D.C. establishment.
But now, they want to impeach him because his record of policy success just can’t be allowed to stand. If a political outsider could succeed in all the ways he has, what is the value of career bureaucrats and politicians? And if a Republican can create the best economy in 50 years, why elect Democrats ever again?
It only stands to reason that those same folks would want to send him away with his tail between his legs — maybe even send him to jail — rather than let him continue his work.
Thankfully, though, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen. The voters in this constitutional republic are not as gullible as Democrats think they are, and they recognize that the left is trying to deceive them about Trump.
It looks like American voters just might re-elect him next November, as well they should.