GOP pollster: Trump's low approval ratings won't stop him from being re-elected

Public opinion polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE's job performance but that doesn't mean that he couldn't become the first president to be re-elected despite never cracking a 50 percent approval rating, Republican pollster Jim Hobart said on Tuesday.

“He may be the first one, but he was the first one to do a lot of things,” Hobart told Jamal Simmons on Hill.TV’s "What America’s Thinking," when asked about data from Gallup that indicated that Trump has had an approval rating of less than 50 percent for his entire presidency.

The fact that Trump never saw high support at the beginning of his short political career didn't stop him from winning the 2016 presidential election, Hobart observed.

In recent Hill-HarrisX polling, Trump's job approval rating has hovered between 45 and 46  percent despite the publication of Mueller report and ongoing controversies with congressional Democrats. The latest survey found that the president's numbers had dipped slightly to 44 percent, however, though they remained within the margin of error of previous results.

The Gallup poll has shown Trump with somewhat higher numbers in recent weeks, however, but still with less than 50 percent support. Most public surveys have observed little fluctuation in the president's approval ratings.

"That is just where he is, and that is going to be where he will stay. I think the big question is, what happens with these swing voters who don’t necessarily like Trump personally, but do like some of the things Trump was able to achieve. I think that is going to decide who is going to win in the 2020," Hobart said.

In a March Hill-HarrisX survey, 36 percent of registered voters said they were likely to vote for Trump in 2020, a number not that far away from re-elect ratings seen by past presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Harris lead Trump in Georgia: Poll MORE and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhat are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? Krystal Ball: Patrick's 2020 bid is particularly 'troublesome' for Warren Deval Patrick: Biden 'misses the moment' in 2020 campaign MORE, both of whom won second terms.

—Philip Wang