In the 114-117 days of their respective presidencies, Obama was at 64% approval, Bush stood at 56% and Bill Clinton was at 45%. Trump, to reiterate, is at 38%.
Reminder: Democrats need to net 24 seats to re-take control of the US House. If they were able to do so, it would give them a very powerful check and balance against the second half of Trump’s first term.
But, wait, you say. The 2018 election is still 540 days away! Anything can — and will — happen!
Fair enough. But remember that the lower Trump goes — and most of the available polling data cited above came before the firing of Comey and the debacle to explain why that move was made — the harder it is to get close to 50% and the longer it will likely take.
The concern among Congressional Republicans at the moment is simmering at a low-medium level. The latest poll numbers will kick that concern up (or should).
What would set off total panic? A loss in either or both of the special House elections in Montana (May 25) or Georgia (June 20). Both are seats in what should be safe Republican territory. Defeat in either one would suggest Trump’s unpopularity is a major drag downballot. And that realization would create absolute chaos among Congressional Republicans.