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LUNCHTIME POLITICS: Self-Pardon Unpopular – Post-Election Ratings – Election Objections

Your Daily Polling Update for Thursday, January 14


Down 2 from Monday

RON’S COMMENT: Trump’s approval rating has now dipped nearly 7 points below his popular vote performance in the November election (46.9% to 40%), which means he’s lost about 15% of his support since the election…. Today’s average is based on six polls, ranging from 33% (Quinnipiac) to 46% (Rasmussen). Without these extremes it would still be 40%…. Trump’s disapproval rating averages 57% today (+1 from Monday)…. See the trend in Trump’s job approval average since the beginning of 2020  at approval trend.


Among voters nationwide

TrumpDo you approve or disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the post-election period?

Approve: 24%
Disapprove: 69%
Not sure: 7%

RON’S COMMENT: More than two-thirds of voters disapprove of the way Trump is handling the post-election period. Also: 6% of Democrats, 21% of independents and 48% of Republicans approve of Trump’s post-election performance…. Note that Trump’s approval rating for handling the post-election period is far lower than his overall job approval rating, which presumably includes his entire term of office (24% vs. 40%).

BidenDo you approve or disapprove of the way President-Elect Joe Biden is handling the post-election period?

Approve: 54%
Disapprove: 34%
Not sure: 12%

RON’S COMMENT: Biden received 51.3 of the popular vote in November; his handling of the post-election period is higher, at 54%…. 88% of Democrats, 45% of independents and 20% of Republicans approve of the way Biden is handling the post-election period…. Here is the number that will worry Republicans: Biden’s post-election period approval rating is now 30 points higher than Trump’s––54% vs. 24%.


Among voters nationwide

Would you support President Trump pardoning himself? 

Support: 23%
Oppose: 57%
Not sure: 19%

RON’S COMMENT: A clear majority of all voters oppose Trump pardoning himself…. Looking at only Republicans: 51% would support a self-pardon, 24% would oppose it and 25% are not sure.


Among voters nationwide

GOP objections: Do you support or oppose the objections made by some Republicans in Congress to the certification of the election of Joe Biden as president? 

Support objections: 36%
Oppose objections: 52%
Not sure: 11%

RON’S COMMENT: A majority of voters oppose objections made by some Republicans in Congress to the certification of the election of Joe Biden as president. Also: 11% of Democrats, 31% of independents and 67% of Republicans say they supported objections.

Confidence in election fairness: How much confidence do you have that the 2020 presidential election was held fairly? 

A great deal/quite a bit of confidence: 46%
A moderate amount of confidence: 11%
Only a little/no confidence at all: 39%

RON’S COMMENT: 81% of Democrats, 39% of independents and 10% of Republicans say they have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence that the 2020 presidential election was held fairly.


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Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.

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