West Virginia may love Trump, but not so across the nation

(POLITICO.com / WOAY-TV) – West Virginia was one of the reddest states in the union on election night, voting overwhelming for presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.

Even seven months later, West Virginia leads the nation in approval ratings for the president.  At least 60% of the state believes President Trump is doing a good job, according to a recent Gallup poll.

But when you poll the rest of the country, the numbers aren’t as impressive.

The president has watched his ratings decline for months, but on Wednesday two respected polls showed that only a third of American voters view him favorably — a new low less than 200 days into his presidency

A new Quinnipiac University Poll has the president’s approval rating falling to 33%, while Gallup shows it at 36%. Quinnipiac’s measurement is the lowest in the poll’s tracking of the Trump administration thus far, and Gallup’s is the lowest three-day average it has registered.

Some other numbers of note in the Quinnipiac survey:

>  61% disapproved of Trump’s job performance

>  Over 60% said he “is not honest,”

>  Over 60% said he “does not have good leadership skills”

>  And over 60% think President Trump “does not share their values.”

“It’s hard to pick what is the most alarming number in the troubling trail of new lows for President Donald Trump,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

Support among Republicans is still strong — 77 favorable, 17 percent unfavorable — but respondents overall also rewarded Republican lawmakers, who have bucked the president on key issues. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who last week cast the decisive vote against repealing Obamacare, enjoys a 57 percent approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll, with 32 percent disapproving of his performance. (Only 30 percent of Republicans approved, while 49 percent disapproved.)

Trump returns to West Virginia tonight to host a rally in Huntington.  Less than two weeks ago, he was in Glen Jean speaking to the National Boy Scout Jamboree, a speech that caused some blow-back because many thought it was too political.

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