The American people have made their opinions clear about President Trump, and it's not pretty. In a poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, almost 6 in 10 people said they have an "unfavorable view of the president as a person."
Ouch. That's got to burn.
The majority of those polled also had doubts about the president's "empathy, honesty, and ability to make political deals," which is no surprise given the recent government shutdown and the president's well-known penchant for what can generously be called unfounded hyperbole.
When asked "Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Trump as a person?" 59 percent of adults said their impression was unfavorable.
61 percent of adults said they don't think Trump is honest and trustworthy.
58 percent think that Trump does not have the personality and temperament to serve effectively as president.
The Washington Post published the results of the poll this morning, and Twitter's reaction has been largely unsurprised.
Midway through first term, Trump is failing to meet the public’s expectations for his job performance, Post-ABC pol… https://t.co/gQc7MnwyUt— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1548676846.0
"Midway through first term, Trump is not meeting the public’s modest expectations for his job performance" I don't… https://t.co/KAFmIvHvlS— Gerry Conway (@Gerry Conway)1548694401.0
@DavidHawley2 @washingtonpost Trump is certainly upholding his #MAGA promise... https://t.co/e2voVhU1Pa— justin (@justin)1548678061.0
@washingtonpost @Fahrenthold https://t.co/kZhuulYddy— Patriot Farmer (@Patriot Farmer)1548689517.0
Trump's approval rating is a dismal 37 percent. His favorability rating is even worse: 32 percent, just two points higher than Bill Clinton's was in the middle of his sex scandal and impeachment proceedings.
Let's look at that again: Trump, in the middle of his term, is barely as popular as someone facing impeachment.
50 percent of Americans expected Trump to make a good president, and even that low number hasn't been met. Only 33 percent think he's doing a good job leading the country.
I don't understand people who are disappointed by Trump's job performance. It was clear in the 2016 campaign. He ca… https://t.co/MebORJTxl0— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1548685544.0
@washingtonpost He's behaving exactly as I expected: cheap melodrama, self-adulation, scandals, grifting, disassoci… https://t.co/zO5BXCTzc6— Crise de l'heure (@Crise de l'heure)1548703374.0
Nearly half of Americans say they have no confidence at all in the president, although they're about evenly divided on whether he's a strong leader.
Meanwhile, Trump was busy demonizing the media.
“In the Media’s effort to destroy the President, they are actually destroying themselves. Given all of the tremendo… https://t.co/yXteAEPz17— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1548683411.0
Judging from the responses, his tweet is a good indication as to why he's polling so abysmally.
@realDonaldTrump @foxandfriends Lol, headwinds. BIGLY headwinds. Tremendous headwinds. https://t.co/vAsAHWo1PJ— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1548684785.0
@realDonaldTrump @foxandfriends Nobody will EVER be as adept at destroying you as you are. - 5 bankruptcies. - tru… https://t.co/lvwKigY1hP— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1548684638.0
@realDonaldTrump @foxandfriends Must be nice to be in charge of the most powerful country on earth & do nothing but… https://t.co/DKfDjfuNLq— WTFGOP? #ImpeachmentIsComing (@WTFGOP? #ImpeachmentIsComing)1548694649.0
Could the low poll numbers be related to the government shutdown? His insistence on getting his Wall? Hamberders? Perhaps it's all three and more, with each misstep being another brick in the wall.