So far, the impeachment inquiry hasn’t really affected President Trump’s popularity. Polling averages suggest that the president’s approval rating has declined by only about one or two percentage points since the Ukraine scandal broke.
That’s not too surprising. Trump’s approval rating has been remarkably stable over his presidency’s 18 months. Moreover, it’s hard for the scandal to affect Trump supporters’ approval when most of his base either doesn’t think that the president asked Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden or thinks that doing so was appropriate.
Perhaps just as predictably, the impeachment inquiry has boosted Nancy Pelosi’s popularity. Data from Civiqs’ daily tracking polls show that Nancy Pelosi’s favorability rating immediately jumped six percentage points after she announced the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, moving from 31 to 37 percent.
Weekly Economist/YouGov surveys have found a similar increase in Pelosi’s favorability rating among registered voters since the impeachment inquiry. Her favorability rating of 45 percent among registered voters in the firm’s latest survey was higher than in any survey since RealClearPolitics began cataloguing “Pelosi polls” in mid-2018.