Both polls show Trump leading the way among self-appointed Republicans: 93% to 5% in Monmouth and 92% to 4% (NBC News / Wall Street Journal).
What is the point: Trump has made a clear statement during his presidency to satisfy the Republican base, and the poll shows that this effort is clearly working. Its base does not leave him, even as his total numbers remain weak.
Trump’s problem is that he has almost utilized this reservoir of support.
Since 2000, no Republican has ever had more than 91% of Republicans support him at this point in the ABC News / Washington Post poll. The average Republican had 84% of Republicans behind him. A key strategy in this election made much more sense than one under Trump.
(The historical character of these numbers applies if we include independents who incline Republicans.)
Where Trump is weak, he is outside the Republican base. At the ABC / Washington Post (the numbers are similar to Monmouth and the NBC News / Wall Street Journal), Trump is 39% independent and 3% Democrat. Both are lower than any Republican at this point in the 2000 ABC News / Washington Post poll.
In other words, there is much more likely support for Trump outside the basic Democratic base. Trump, however, does not seem interested in making the effort.
Continuing his basic strategy, Trump ensures that he will not see the bottom fall. However, he will find it very difficult to build the coalition needed to win.
This story has been updated to include results from a NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll on Sunday.