President Trump still isn't budging on his wall-or-nothing shutdown, now the longest in US history. But whether he knows it or not, he is currently losing this political battle.
As Americans continue to suffer shutdown effects, a new poll from Rasmussen shows Trump at his lowest point, favorability-rating-wise, in a year. "The president’s overall job approval rating has been falling since his Oval Office address last week calling for enhanced border security and the building of a wall to help stop illegal immigration," Rasmussen notes.
That tracks with the findings of a recent Quinnipiac poll that found only two percent of people who watched Trump's address found it persuasive.
Voters also tell Quinnipiac they trust Democrats more than Republicans on border security, they think the border can be better secured without Trump's wall, and they firmly blame Trump and Republicans for the shutdown.
New Quinnipiac poll:
Who do you trust more on border security?
Dems in Congress 49
Trump 44 (lol)
Would you support funding border security *without* wall?
Support 61 (lol)
Who do you blame for shutdown?
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) January 14, 2019
Maybe that's why a bipartisan group of US Senators is suddenly scrambling to come up with some kind of shutdown-ending solution that might be able to pass both houses of Congress.
If they find and pass this solution, however, and the solution doesn't include building Trump's wall, the question is: Will Trump sign even a bipartisan bill with no wall money?