The Pollcast: Trump's drooping popularity and the 2018 midterms

Donald Trump's popularity has hit historic lows, but will it have an impact on his ability to govern and for the Republicans to hold on to Congress in 2018? FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten joins Pollcast host Éric Grenier to break it down.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by U.S. political analyst Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight

U.S. President Donald Trump has seen his approval ratings fall to historic lows after a little more than 200 days in office. (The Associated Press/Alex Brandon)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

Donald Trump's poll numbers have hit new lows, not only for his own presidency but in the modern history of U.S. presidents. None of his predecessors — at least since modern polling began — have been as unpopular just 200 days into their administrations.

But will Trump's unpopularity have an impact on his ability to govern in the short term, as well as his party's chances of holding both houses of Congress in the 2018 midterm elections?

The Republicans' control of Congress hasn't been of great help to Trump so far — it hasn't produced much in terms of legislation and Trump has even taken to Twitter this week to criticize Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for his failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

But keeping a friendly party in Congress would improve his chances of turning that around — and lessen the odds of being impeached, which could make the looming 2018 midterms of vital importance.

To help break down where Trump stands today and what his numbers could mean for the future, Pollcast host Éric Grenier is joined by Harry Enten, a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight.com.

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast and listen to past episodes.

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