Low Polling Numbers Plague Trump, Congress

Being Republican means walking on egg shells these days as an atmosphere permeates the party that pointing out the obvious is frowned upon. But when national polling numbers continue to show the GOP and its president’s approval ratings in the cellar, there has to be concern and questions about the direction the party is going.

Quinnipiac’s latest poll released Wednesday, compiled before the firing of FBI Director James Comey, continues the bad approval ratings that have been rolling out of D.C. The president’s approval rating is 35 percent, down five points from April 19, with a whopping 58 percent disapproval.

Perhaps one of the starkest revelations was the sharp drop of support with Independents who gave the president a 29 percent approval rating, down 10 points since April 19. That means 63 percent of Independent voters disapprove of this president.

Another striking number is voters’ approval of the U.S. House of Representatives. Quinnipiac noted, “By a 54-38 percent margin, American voters want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll, exceeding a 5 percentage point margin for Republicans in 2013.”

Quinnipiac asked about eight traits of the president. The Washington Post reported:

Trump also has his worst numbers to date — across 10 Q polls since the 2016 election — on the following measures:

  • Honesty: 33 percent say he is
  • Good leadership skills: 56 percent say he doesn’t have them
  • Caring about average people: 59 percent say he doesn’t
  • Being levelheaded: Voters say 66-29 percent that he’s not (unlike the other numbers here, this is tied for all-time worst, not setting a new one)
  • Being intelligent: Voters say 56-41 percent that he is
  • Sharing your values: Voters say 64-32 percent that he doesn’t
  • How he has treated the news media: Voters disapprove 65-31 percent
  • Whether people trust him or the media more for the truth: 57 percent media, 31 percent Trump (even 17 percent of Republicans pick the media over their president)

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, observed, “There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers. The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump’s first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump’s honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away.”

This has to worry GOP leadership and, now, in the aftermath of Comey’s firing, the question is whether it will negatively affect the next poll numbers.

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