Trump will have a very hard time overcoming his approval ratings

Donald Trump’s weekly approval rating in Gallup polling last week sunk to his lowest average yet, with just 35% of adults giving him positive marks for his performance as President. He hasn’t averaged 40% approval over a full week in the Gallup daily surveys since May — and hasn’t even cracked 40% on any single day since July 11. …

After Trump’s upset victory in 2016, it’s surely good advice to never say never when it comes to his political future. But it’s also important to understand just how much it would rewrite the political trends of the past three decades for Trump to avoid hurting Republicans in 2018 or to capture a second term in 2020 if he cannot improve his anemic approval ratings. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, CNN