One year in, even Trump's base is ditching him


Even Americans who were willing to give Trump a chance have made up their minds — and they don't approve.

In one year, Donald Trump has gone from a belligerent blowhard most people didn't like to a belligerent blowhard people absolutely detest.

Becoming even less popular throughout the year was no easy feat for Trump, as he entered the Oval Office with record low approval ratings.

Nevertheless, he persisted.

Through a combination of legislative failures, the inability to grasp basic policy details, unmitigated racism, criminal indictments, and an unending stream of ineptitude flowing from the White House, Trump managed to become not just unpopular, but downright loathed.

Less than one in three Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, according to a new USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times nationwide poll.

Compared to the same poll from April of last year, Trump's approval has dropped significantly.

And it is not just that many people disapprove — it is that so many people strongly disapprove of Trump's first year in office. Those who strongly disapprove of Trump has increased from 3 in 10 Americans to 4 in 10 Americans in the span of 12 months. And that strong disapproval includes key voting demographics and regions.

"Among residents of urban areas, for example, over half not only disapprove of Trump, but say they 'disapprove strongly,'" the Times reports. "Strong disapproval also comes from nearly half the residents of Western states, 48% of women nationwide, 52% of Latinos and 71% of African Americans."

One of the interesting aspects of this poll is that it tracks the same people throughout the year, so researchers can see the evolution of disgust aimed at Trump.

Of those who approved of Trump's performance back in April, about one in eight now disapprove.

"The people who were 'waiting to see' in the spring have mostly moved toward disapproval," said Jill Darling, survey director for the USC economic and social research center.

It is not only Democratic and progressive strongholds who are unhappy with Trump's actions.

In 11 swing states, Trump's approval mirrors the nationwide average, coming in at a dismal 33 percent.

Trump's disapproval numbers are higher than his approval numbers in every region of the country; among whites, blacks, and Hispanics; and among both Democratic and independent voters.

With midterm elections less than a year away, Trump looks to be a serious drag on Republican races across the country, and a boon for Democrats looking to take back control of both the House and Senate.

"Just two-thirds of people who voted for Trump had a similarly definite intention of voting for a Republican," the Times notes.

While Trump has pledged to campaign "four or five days a week," vulnerable Republicans may see that as more of a threat than a helpful promise.

"The Republicans could be in real trouble," said Robert Shrum, the veteran Democratic strategist who directs USC's Unruh Institute of Politics, which co-sponsored the poll.