Trump is deeply underwater with voters on this key 2020 issue
Donald Trump is nearly 20 points underwater with voters looking ahead to 2020 on the issue of health care. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that voters, by a 17-point margin, say they are more likely to oppose his reelection over his healthcare sabotage.
Trump's average approval rating in this poll is at a historic low—by almost 10 points—among all presidents, at 38 percent. In this latest poll, 55 percent say that they absolutely will not vote for him next year. Voter intensity more than a year out is also remarkably high—75 percent of Americans and 85 percent of registered voters say they will definitely vote in 2020.
On the issue of health care, just 23 percent say that they are more likely to vote for him because of how he's handled it, while 40 percent say it's made them more likely to oppose him. In 2018, among voters who ranked health care as their top issue, 75 percent voted for Democrats, sweeping them into office in a huge wave.
It's not helping Republicans' cause that Trump absolutely refuses to shut up about it, bragging about all his sabotage thus far to the NRA last week, talking about how he's "going for the rest" of the law in federal court. While Senate Republicans are desperately trying to avoid the issue and praying that the Supreme Court doesn't destroy the law before November 3, 2020, he's making false promises at his rallies that "Republicans are always going to protect pre-existing conditions."
With Trump shooting his mouth off this way, and fighting in federal courts to have the entire Affordable Care Act overturned, there's no way health care isn't going to be among the top two or three issues of 2020, if not the paramount concern—with Trump being Trump, it's hard to say what could happen between now and then to rise to the top of voters' issues. Regardless, it's going to help drive what has the makings of another Democratic tsunami.