After Riots, Donald Trump Leaves Office With under 40% Approval
On Thursday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States.
At 4 am (AEDT) on Thursday, 20 January, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States, replacing Donald Trump and Mike Pence. What follows is a discussion of the US political events over the past two weeks.
After November’s elections, Republicans held a 50-48 Senate lead, so these results enabled Democrats to tie the Senate at 50-50, with Harris to cast the tie-breaking vote. Democrats gained a net three Senate seats from the pre-November Senate.
On 6 January, pro-Trump rioters stormed Congress as it met to certify Biden’s Electoral College victory. The rioters were clearly influenced by Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Despite the riots and the courts’ of Trump’s claims, two state certifications were contested: Pennsylvania, which and Arizona (Biden won by 0.3 percent).
Seven Republican senators out of 51 objected to Pennsylvania’s certification, as did 138 Republicans in the House of Representatives, with smaller numbers objecting to Arizona. The House objectors included House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
Just 64 House Republicans opposed the objection, so of those who cast a yes/no vote on objecting to Pennsylvania, 68 percent supported the objection. Democrats were unanimously opposed.
It is not just Trump or the rioters, but also these Republicans in Congress who objected to the certifications on baseless election fraud claims who deserve to be condemned for anti-democratic behaviour.
I had two articles for The Poll Bludger about Georgia and the anti-democratic nuttiness of Trump and Republicans. The first was a , while the second was a on the Georgia results and the events in Congress the next day.
In response to the riots, on 13 January the Democrat-controlled House for the second time by a 232-197 margin. All Democrats and ten Republicans supported impeachment. It requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate to convict. Trump’s Senate trial will not start until after he leaves office.
It is not surprising that Trump’s supporters believe him. In a recent poll for the US, ABC News and the Washington Post, over 70 percent of Republicans do not believe Biden was legitimately elected.
In the wake of the riots, Trump’s ratings have slumped. In the , 38.5 percent approve of Trump’s performance and 57.9 percent disapprove, for a net approval of -19.4 percent. His net approval has dropped nine points since the riots. Trump’s net approval is his worst since December 2017.
Five Thirty Eight has charts of presidential approval since Harry Truman (president from 1945-53). Two previous presidents (Gerald Ford and John F Kennedy) did not reach Trump’s four years as president. Of those who had at least four years, Trump’s final net approval is worse than all except Jimmy Carter at this point in their terms.
Detailed US Election Report
After results are finalised, I have published a detailed report on every US presidential election since 2008. My 2008 and 2012 reports are at The Green Papers and , and my 2016 report is at The Conversation. My 2016 report had a massive surge in views in October and November last year.
My 2020 election report, published 11 December, is at The Poll Bludger. Here are the highlights:
- Biden won the Electoral College by 306 to 232, but he only won the tipping-point state (Wisconsin) by 0.6 percent. The tipping-point state is the state that puts the winning candidate over the magic 270 electoral votes needed to win.
- Biden won the national popular vote by 4.5 percent or just over 7 million votes. So the tipping-point state was 3.9 percent more pro-Trump than the popular vote.
- Trump’s vote held up well with the non-University educated whites who had given him his upset 2016 win. Biden owed his Electoral College victory to gains in the suburbs, where there is a higher amount of university education.
- Trump improved greatly from 2016 with Hispanics, leading to large swings in his favour in diverse places like Miami-Dade county, Florida and New York City.
- There was disappointment for Democrats relative to expectations in Congressional races, although the Georgia runoff results have improved this.
(This is an opinion piece and the views expressed above are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for the same. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here.)
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