President Donald Trump spends much of his time and energy on public adoration. Likely a holdover from his years bolstering the Trump brand to maximize profits, his rallies are carefully crafted to ensure only supporters gain access or are allowed on camera.
The 45th President holds court on stage or at Mar-a-Lago or in private dinners at the White House with only those who revere him. Trump also loves tweeting numbers. If there is a number he can boast about on his Twitter feed, he can and will.
But one area where numbers consistently prove unkind to Trump are polls. Specifically polls assessing the public’s approval of the job the President is doing. And in the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, Trump continues to fare poorly.
Only 38 percent of voters gave the President a favorable job approval rating versus 54 percent disapproval and 8 percent without an opinion. His approval dropped from 41 percent in mid August. However only 27 percent strongly approve of Trump’s job performance—down from 30 percent in August—while 48 percent strongly disapprove—showing no change since August.
A just released poll from CNN/SSRS provided similar approval numbers.
Breaking: New CNN/SSRS Poll:
Trump approval: 36%
Trump unfavorable: 61%
Trump “honest & trustworthy”: 32%
“Proud” of Trump as POTUS: 32%
“Cares about people like you”: 36%
Trump will unite country: 30%
Respects rule of law: 37%
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 10, 2018
For deeper insight into voter perception of specific aspects of the President’s character, a series of nine questions were asked by Quinnipiac. Respondents could answer yes, they felt Trump had the trait, or no, they felt he lacked the characteristic. Those with no opinion were classified as DK for “don’t know.”
On September 10, Quinnipiac asked, in this order:
- Would you say that Donald Trump is honest, or not? 32%-yes, 60%-no, 9%-DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump has good leadership skills, or not? 38%-yes, 57%-no, 5%-DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump cares about average Americans, or not? 41%-yes, 55%-no, 4% -DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump is level headed, or not? 30%-yes, 65%-no, 5%-DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump is a strong person, or not? 57%-yes, 39%-no, 5%-DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump is intelligent, or not? 51%-yes, 42%-no, 7%-DK
- Would you say that Donald Trump is someone who shares your values, or not? 33%-yes, 60%-no, 7%-DK
- Do you think Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, or not? 41%-yes, 55%-no, 4%-DK
- Do you think that President Trump is mentally stable, or not? 48%-yes, 42%-no, 10%-DK
Only the question of the President’s mental stability failed to garner half of voters to either side of the question, with 48 percent feeling he was stable and 42 percent seeing him as unstable.
And Quinnipiac’s poll gave Trump a few passing marks. 57 percent saw the President as a strong person and 51 percent considered him intelligent.
However higher numbers saw poor character traits in Trump. 55 percent thought the president fails to care for average Americans. 55 percent also thought Trump unfit to serve as President while 57 percent said he lacked leadership skills.
60 percent found the President dishonest as well as 60 percent who thought he did not share their values. And a full 65 percent said Trump is not level headed.
Quinnipiac saved the following questions—about overall satisfaction with the state of the United States as well as current issues facing the President—until after their voter assessment of the man himself.