President Donald Trump has watched his ratings decline for months, but on Wednesday two respected polls showed that only a third of Americans voters view him favorably — a new low less than 200 days into his presidency
A new Quinnipiac University Poll has the president’s approval rating falling to 33 percent, while Gallup shows it at 36 percent. Quinnipiac’s measurement is the lowest in the poll’s tracking of the Trump administration thus far, and Gallup’s is the lowest three-day average it has registered.
While Gallup tracks voter opinions daily, Quinnipiac’s latest survey delves deeper into beliefs about the president, showing him hitting new lows across the board.
Of the voters surveyed by Quinnipiac, 61 percent disapproved of Trump’s job performance, with over 60 percent also saying that he “is not honest,” “does not have good leadership skills” and “does not share their values.”
“It’s hard to pick what is the most alarming number in the troubling trail of new lows for President Donald Trump,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
Support among Republicans is still strong — 77 favorable, 17 percent unfavorable — but respondents overall also rewarded Republican lawmakers who have bucked the president on key issues. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who last week cast the decisive vote against repealing Obamacare, enjoys a 57 percent approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll, with 32 percent disapproving of his performance. (Only 30 percent of Republicans approved, while 49 percent disapproved.)
Men, who consistently backed Trump during the campaign, split almost evenly in the Quinnipiac poll: 47 percent favorable and 48 percent unfavorable.
On the Russia controversy, 63 percent of those surveyed by Quinnipiac believe that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election, 30 percent say Trump did something illegal, and 30 percent say he did something unethical. Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, had similar numbers in the poll.
More than two-thirds of voters — 69 percent — say Trump should stop sending messages from his personal Twitter account, the Quinnipiac poll’s largest showing of opposition to his tweeting thus far.
The Quinnipiac poll was conducted among 1,125 self-identified voters from July 27 to Aug. 1 nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Live interviews were conducted on both landlines and cell phones.