After his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump is still standing strong among Republicans, but his low ratings among Democrats and Independents, may prove troublesome when it comes to getting bipartisan support moving forward, a leading pollster says.
"What does this imply about where his approval is six months or a year from now?" Mark Blumenthal, the head of election polling for SurveyMonkey, told Politico. "We're sort of used to seeing a president come in and have a honeymoon. It may mean he's just sort of locked in. [Former President Barack] Obama, after about a year, got to the point where his approval was within a certain range...largely because of this partisanship."
Trump's average approval rating with Republicans after his first 100 days stands at about 86 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster. In comparison, his immediate predecessors marked higher ratings among their parties, with ex-President George W. Bush polling at 93 percent with Republicans during that period and Obama at 92 percent.
The challenge, though, falls with Trump's extremely low ratings from the opposing parties, which could pose a challenge for him moving forward.
Trump's numbers among Democrats remain at about 10 percent, according to HuffPost. In comparison, Bush had a 31 percent approval rating with Democrats by the end of his 100-day mark, according to Gallup Poll results from the time, and Obama's rating with Republicans was at 28 percent.
SurveyMonkey itself put Trump at 89 percent with Republicans but just 11 percent among Democrats, a comparison Blumenthal called "remarkable."
"There was similar partisanship for George W. Bush and Obama, but not this early," he told Politico.
Among Independents, Trump's rating is at 39 percent, but Obama had 64 percent approval and Bush's was at 61 percent during the same time period.
The division could cause problems almost immediately, as House Republicans need some Democrats to forward their revised healthcare bill.
In addition, there are some Republicans in Congress who represent districts where Trump lost in November, and could vote against his agenda items as a result.
Obama's ratings with the opposing party eventually dropped, reaching 11 percent at about the time the Affordable Care Act was signed, but Trump's ratings among Democrats are already at that point, noted Politico.
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