If the current commander in chief has you feeling a bit shamefaced, you're not alone. According to a NBC News/Marist poll out Sunday, a majority of voters in three swing states — all key to the president's election victory — now feel "embarrassed" by President Donald Trump's behavior in the White House.
Although voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin helped propel Trump to the White House last November, more than six in 10 voters in each of the three states now claims to feel "embarrassed" by how Trump has conducted himself as president, a series of three NBC News/Marist polls found.
In Pennsylvania, 63 percent of registered voters reported being mortified by Trump's conduct, while in Wisconsin and Michigan the number was slightly higher at 64 percent. Conversely, roughly a quarter of voters in those three swing states reported being "proud" of how Trump behaves in office.
The polls also found Trump's approval rating had fallen to below 40 percent among voters in these three states. In Pennsylvania, only 35 percent of voters said they approved of Trump's performance as president while 55 percent reported disapproval. In Wisconsin, 34 percent of voters approved of the president's job performance while 56 percent were in disapproval. Trump's approval rating was highest in Michigan, where 36 percent of voters claimed to approve of Trump and 55 percent said they disapproved.
But just what exactly is it about Trump's behavior has so many voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin feeling red faced? Although the polls didn't ask voters to elaborate on why they felt embarrassed by Trump's behavior, it's worth noting the polls' timing. According to NBC News, the polls were conducted over a 5-day period beginning Aug. 13, just one day after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia ended in deadly violence.
Trump was heavily criticized for his seemingly circular responses to Charlottesville. Initially Trump emphasized that blame for violence in Charlottesville belonged "on many sides" in a televised statement Saturday. The following Monday, the president said "racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups." The next day, however, at a news conference at Trump Tower, Trump renewed nationwide outrage when he appeared to defend white nationalists, saying there were "some very fine people" at the Charlottesville rally. He went on to say counter-protesters deserved a share of the blame for the violence that occurred.
According to NBC News, Trump is the first Republican presidential candidate to win all three of these crucial swing states since the 1980s. But will voters' growing embarrassment in him jeopardize his chances of taking the states again should he run for re-election in 2020?