A Trump Victory Would Shatter A 40-Year-Old Precedent

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If President Donald Trump wins reelection, he would be the first president to do so in recent history while a vast majority of the country thinks the United States is on the wrong track, polls show.

In 1984, 1996, 2004 and 2012 – all years when incumbent presidents won reelection – the difference between those who thought the country was on the right track and vice versa was -1%, -5%, -6% and -11% according to the Cook Political Report. In 1980 and 1992 –years when incumbents lost their reelection – the difference was -59% and -58%.

Now, Trump faces a gap of -31.5%, according to RealClearPolitics. Though up 14 points from the summer, the difference is over twice as large as it was during any recent previous cycle where an incumbent president won reelection.

The current gap is the same as four years ago during President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office, just before Trump beat Hillary Clinton, according to the CPR. (RELATED: Battleground Polls Shows Massive Shift Among Senior Voters)

CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A Trump victory would also make him the first president to win reelection without ever hitting 50% national polls, Gallup data show. Since his inauguration, his approval rating has been static, hovering in the low to mid-40s.

Trump trails Democratic nominee Joe Biden by just under 10 points, according to FiveThirtyEight, though he has single-digit deficits in most battleground states, polls show.

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