Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Polls: Majority in 3 key states 'embarrassed' by Trump

Polls: Majority in 3 key states 'embarrassed' by Trump

Sixty-four percent of voters in MI and Wisconsin said they are "embarrassed" by his behavior, while 63 percent in Pennsylvania say they are.

The three polls, conducted by NBC News/Marist in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, show more than half of voters now have an unfavorable view of Trump.

The poll was conducted starting Sunday, the day after a counter-protester was killed by a Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville, Virginia, through Thursday, two days after Trump gave a widely-criticized press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower.

And in Pennsylvania 54% disapproved of the president, with 35% approving of his performance, while in Wisconsin 56% disapproved of his performance with 34% approving, the polls showed.

President Donald Trump's job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls.

The polls released Sunday show that almost two-thirds of registered voters in Pennsylvania (63%), Wisconsin and MI (both 64%) said they are embarrassed by Trump's conduct as President, while only about a quarter of registered voters in those states said they are "proud" of it.

Trump's low approval numbers in these three key states present an opening for Democrats in 2018, the survey suggests.

In 2016's general election, Trump won all three states by a combined 80,000 votes, becoming the first Republican to carry these states since the 1980s.

Fifty-five percent of MI voters and 54 percent of Pennsylvania voters agreed. In Michigan, 48% of voters said they would prefer a Congress controlled by Democrats, compared to 35% who said they want to see the reins remain in Republican hands.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, 64 percent of voters shared that sentiment.

In Pennsylvania, Democrats hold a 10-point advantage on congressional preference, 47 percent to 37 percent. They surveyed 795 voters in MI, 773 voters in Pennsylvania and 801 voters in Wisconsin. Around 800 registered voters were polled with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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