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By: Nate Morris, senior editor
NEW YORK, NY – A new poll published by CNN this week shows that, for the first time since taking office, President Trump no longer holds a majority of support among white Americans.
The poll, conducted from January 10-12, surveyed 848 adults nationwide. According to the results, 52% of white people surveyed disapprove of Trump’s performance as president, while 41% approve.
Among white Americans without a college degree (the group that backed Trump overwhelmingly in the 2016 election), 47% disapprove of the president’s job performance, with only 45% expressing approval. This is a sharp 9% drop in support since just before the shutdown began in December.
As the longest shutdown in US history enters its 26th day and over 800,000 federal workers continue to go without pay, the president continues to protest against ending the shutdown without $5.7 Billion in funding for his border wall.
In an attempt to justify the shutdown, Trump has attempted to paint issues at the border as a “humanitarian crisis”, even though apprehensions and unauthorized crossings at the border are at their lowest level in years. Only 45% of Americans, however, believe the president’s “crisis” classification.
Most Americans (including most white Americans) now place the blame of the shutdown squarely on Trump’s shoulders.
As anger with the president grows, both democrats and republicans in congress have begun coming together to find a bi-partisan solution to end the shutdown swiftly and put Americans back to work.
The White House continues to bank on the idea that continuing with the shutdown will prove politically advantageous, but as support continues to decline and the State of the Union approaches some wonder whether a president so obsessed with his poll numbers and self-image will continue to stand in obstinance as opposition mounts.