KEY POINTS

  • Latest approval polls show the majority of Americans disapprove of Trump's job performance
  • A Senate impeachment trial on Trump's dealings with Ukraine is expected in January
  • Trump has continued to have lagging approval ratings.

As the Senate prepares to vote on articles of impeachment, more Americans continue to disapprove than approve of President Trump's job performance.

The latest polls show that there has not been much movement in support of Trump after he was impeached by the House. The right-leaning Rasmussen Reports survey released last week had Trump with a 53% disapproval rating and a 46% approval rating. The figures differ only slightly from an October Rasmussen Reports' survey that showed Trump had a 54% disapproval rating and a 45% approval rating.

The latest Economist/YouGov poll had Trump's disapproval rating at 54% and his approval rating at 43%. Earlier in the month, Economist/YouGov showed Trump at 53% disapproval and 44% approval. The polls were conducted at a time when there was witness testimony before the House.

The most recent Politico/Morning Consult survey is less encouraging for the president. It showed Trump with a 56% disapproval rating and a 41% approval rating, a 15-point difference. Politico/Morning Consult consistently has shown Trump with a disapproval rating above 55% and an approval rating below 45%.

The polls come as the impeachment debate continues into the holiday season. The Senate trial could take place in January and will determine if Trump remains or is removed from office. Trump can remain in office if at least 34 senators vote to acquit.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives on Dec. 18 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Abuse of power refers to Trump’s pressuring of the Ukrainian government to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden. Obstruction of Congress refers to Trump not cooperating with the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s average approval rating has consistently been below 50% since March 2017.