Not a good day in the polls for the beleaguered President. Everyone knows he's lying, and when asked, "What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump," the top answer? "Idiot."
A new Quinnipiac poll shows that American voters, "who gave President Donald Trump a slight approval bump after the missile strike in Syria, today give him a near-record negative 36 – 58 percent job approval rating."
Also in this survey, the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac poll: 54-38% want the Democrats to take control of the House.
The Quinnipiac University national poll released today shows big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.
Today's job approval rating compares to a negative 40 – 56 percent approval rating in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and a negative 35 – 57 percent score April 4, his lowest approval rating since he became president.
The president is losing support among independent voters and groups which are important parts of his base.
Approval ratings are:
Negative 29 – 63 percent among independent voters, down from a negative 38 – 56 percent April 19;
A split among white voters with no college degree, as 47 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove, compared to a 57 – 38 percent approval April 19;
White men go from a 53 – 41 percent approval April 19 to a split today with 48 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.
American voters' opinions of several of Trump's personal qualities are down:
61 – 33 percent that he is not honest, compared to 58 – 37 percent April 19;
56 – 41 percent that he does not have good leadership skills, little change;
59 – 38 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 57 – 42 percent April 19;
66 – 29 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 63 – 33 percent last month;
62 – 35 percent that he is a strong person, little change;
56 – 41 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 58 – 38 percent;
64 – 32 percent that he does not share their values, compared to 61 – 35 percent.
"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
"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," Malloy added.
American voters disapprove 52 – 40 percent of the way Trump is handling the economy. His grades on handling other issues are:
44 percent approve of the way he is handling U.S. policy toward North Korea and 48 percent disapprove;
Disapprove 59 – 36 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy;
45 percent approve of the way he is handling terrorism and 48 percent disapprove;
Disapprove 62 – 35 percent of the way he is handling immigration.
Trump and the Media
American voters disapprove 58 – 37 percent of the way the news media covers Trump. Voters disapprove 65 – 31 percent of the way Trump talks about the media. And voters trust the media more than Trump 57 – 31 percent to tell the truth about important issues.
Trump's first 100 days in office have been "mainly a failure," 58 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say they have been "mainly a success."
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.
If Democrats had won control of the U.S. Senate in the 2016 elections, the country would be in a better place than it is now, 41 percent of voters say, while 27 percent say it would be in a worse place and 30 percent say it would be the same.
American voters dislike Democrats less than they dislike Republicans:
Voters disapprove 71 – 22 percent of the way Republicans in Congress do their job;
Voters disapprove 58 – 34 percent of the way Democrats in Congress are doing their job.
From May 4 – 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.
Here's the best part of the Quinnipiac survey:
9. What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump? (Numbers are not percentages. Figures show the number of times each response was given. This table reports only words that were mentioned at least five times.)