A leftover from late last week that’s worthy of some extra attention, if only to demonstrate the gulf separating the elite media from much of the country over the issue of impeachment. Interest is low, as a deeply-polarized and evidently-exhausted electorate remains torn over Democrats’ partisan maneuvering and the president’s conduct. The Bolton development we covered yesterday represents a dramatic curveball in DC, which may have an unpredictable impact on the trial and public opinion, but a fresh (pre-Bolton) national survey from the Washington Post and ABC News — a consistently Trump-unfriendly polling series — finds that as the president is on trial and facing removal from office, his job approval has bounced to equal its highest level ever:
Granted, those are not exactly glittering numbers for any politician (an “underwhelming” baseline writes Allahpundit in his summary of the data), let alone the White House incumbent with universal name recognition. With the economy humming along, he should theoretically be in a much stronger position. The news is a little better for Team Trump among likely voters, including the second nugget — which is simultaneously tantalizing and sobering:
Guy BensonMid-impeachment trial, Trump approval rating hits all-time HIGH in WaPo/ABC poll (still a mediocre 47/50 w/ LVs).
His economic in same survey (58/36 | +22!) offers glimpse at how heavy a favorite he could be for re-election absent other baggage. https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/01/24/abc-wapo-trump-climbs-highest-job-approval-rating-presidency-amid-impeachment-trial/ …
ABC/WaPo: Trump climbs to highest job approval rating of his presidency amid impeachment trial