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 poll finds https://t.co/ukVYXSIcWc
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 28, 2019
"Midway through first term, Trump is not meeting the public’s modest expectations for his job performance"
I don't know, he's meeting my expectations exactly. https://t.co/xKw7ooO1AL
— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) January 28, 2019
— justin (@MurphyFerguson) January 28, 2019
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.