Tuesday, January 10, 2017
New poll is bad news for Donald Trump - Supporters fall away like Autumn leaves
As honeymoons go, Donald Trump's wasn't much to write home about. He was voted in as the most unpopular president-elect in modern history and got slightly less unpopular in the weeks that followed, as the goodwill flowed. Even then, though, he clearly remained the most unpopular president-elect in modern history. Again, that was the honeymoon.
And now it's over.
A new poll from Quinninpiac University suggests Trump has reverted to his pre-election standing, with Americans having major concerns about his temperament and in what direction his presidency will lead the country. Trump's continued controversies seem to have put him right back where he was before becoming president-elect.
Quinnipiac is the first high-quality pollster to poll on Trump twice since the election. And while its late-November poll showed his favourable rating rising from 34 percent to 44 percent, it's now dropped back down to 37 percent, which is about where it stood for much of the campaign. That's tied for Trump's worst favourable rating in a poll since his election. And a majority -- 51 percent -- now have an unfavourable view of him.
Likewise, the Q poll shows a drop in confidence in Trump across the board. While 59 percent were optimistic about the next four years under Trump back in November, today that number is 52 percent. While 41 percent thought he would be a better president than Obama, it's now 34 percent. While 52 percent thought he's help the nation's economy, it's now 47 percent. While 40 percent thought his policies would help their personal financial situation, it's now just 27 percent. While 53 percent thought he'd take the country in the right direction, it's now 45 percent.
You get the idea. There are similar drops in views of his honesty (42 percent to 39 percent), his leadership skills (56 percent to 49 percent), his compassion for average Americans (51 percent to 44 percent), his level-headedness (38 percent to 33 percent) and his ability to unite the country (47 percent to 40 percent).
And then it gets worse. Toward the bottom, Quinnipiac asked respondents whether they thought Trump's behaviour since the election makes them feel better or worse about him. While "better" (36 percent ) won out in late November, and 14 percent said they felt worse, that showing's been flipped. Today, 28 percent say they feel worse about Trump since Election Day; just 23 percent feel better.
And clearly people still aren't enamored of Trump's social media habits and fight-picking; by a 2-to-1 margin (64 percent to 32 percent), they think he should give up his personal Twitter account as president -- bigger than the 59-35 margin in November.
Trump won the election, which in his mind -- and in the minds of many analysts -- would seem to have vindicated his brand of politics and many of the decisions he made on the campaign trail. He got elected, so it all must have been secret political genius!
That's not really how things work, though. Trump squeaked his way into the White House with a very narrow win in which he got 46 percent of the vote, won the states he needed to by less than a point, and lost the national popular vote, as voters told pollsters said they had huge reservations about him.
People set aside those reservations a little after he was elected. This poll suggests they've returned, as real as ever. And that's bad news for Trump's political mandate 10 days before he's even sworn in. Too late folks; maybe you should have thought it through a little more logically before you voted.
Posted by Shadow at 4:22 PM