His net approval rating (approval value minus disapproval value) was consistently negative.
New polls show, however, that the depth of opposition to Trump is considerably lower than to Reagan. This suggests that Trump could have a much more difficult task to accomplish his poor ratings than Reagan or any president in the modern era of opinion.
Compare this to Reagan's Garth analysis in February 1983. (Exactly at this point in Reagan's presidency). Only 32% of voters said they would definitely vote against Reagan, 31% said they would vote for another, and 26% said they would definitely support Reagan.
In other words, with a lead of 24 points, more citizens say they definitely vote against Trump in 2020 than those who said they would definitely vote against Reagan in the 1984 cycle.
Interestingly, Reagan and Trump had a similar core base. The 26% who say they definitely vote for Reagan are only 2 points below the 28% who say they would definitely vote for Trump.
However, Reagan had a number of potential followers that Trump apparently lacks. More than double the percentage of voters who voted at least for the election of Reagan (31%) than for Trump (14%). (Another 10% said they did not know about Reagan, while only 1% said so for Trump.) Those who would definitely vote for Reagan and consider voting for him reached 57%. For Trump it is only 42%.
In fact, Trump clearly has the most resolute resistance to all the presidents for whom this question has been asked.
Only 32% said in an January 2003 Ipsos poll that they would definitely vote against George W. Bush. A 40% majority said they would definitely vote for him, while 25% would vote for Bush. Together, 65% said they would at least think about voting for Bush.
Now, before we get carried away too much, of course I should realize that we are still nearly two years away from the 2020 election. Many things can change those numbers.
But these statistics give the president a very grim picture. Anyone who thinks Trump can easily convince their doubters is very wrong.
The ABC News / Washington Post poll is just the latest indication that Trump's opposition is much more firmly established than would be possible with the consent of respondents alone.