Trumps approval rating is around 40% give or take which is amazing since it is lower than his percent of the popular vote. That means that a lot of the people who voted for him don’t like him anymore. No backsies. Too bad. But analysts and Trump keep talking about all his supporters and they are right. At this point, there are not enough anti-Trumpists to cause a collapse of his presidency. Not much of a boast for someone who is supposed to be enjoying his honeymoon, but ’dem’s de facts.
It’s worth remembering that on the eve of his departure Richard Nixon still had a favorability rating of about 25%. That’s right, even a president who is being forced to resign because he is about to be impeached can get 25% of the people to think he’s doing a good job. That’s about where Trump was before he was nominated. Then he picked up the votes of people who would never vote for a Democrat. Of course, a lot of politics is identity. Once a Cubs fan always a Cubs fan, a century’s worth of failure notwithstanding. But the next time someone mentions the loyal fans at a Trump re-election rally—yes, he’s kicked off the 2020 campaign already—remember Nixon’s 25%. Somebody’s going to like him no matter how bad it gets, but that doesn’t mean he’s popular or has popular support. He never had that.