Donald Trump is personally disliked by at least 61 percent of Americans, a new Quinnipiac Poll reveals.
As Second Nexus reports, the new poll, released Wednesday, spells bad news for the White House, on a number of fronts. For starters, the poll found troubling numbers across the board in terms of what Americans think of the state of Trump’s marriage to Melania. For more on that aspect of this poll, please see the Inquisitr’s report on the poll’s findings.
In other bad news for the Trump administration, the 45th president’s overall approval rating dropped to below 40 percent again. After a brief period of being above 40 percent, called the “State of the Union bump” by many observers, he has dropped back down to 37 percent approval rating.
But there is an even deeper divide between Donald Trump and the American voter, and it goes beyond whether they approve of his job as president. Specifically, at least 61 percent of Americans simply dislike Donald Trump as a person.
The reasons for that are varied, according to Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Many Americans (67 percent) think he should release his taxes, while a smaller percentage of that number believe he won’t do so because he’s being audited by the IRS. Others are put off by his supposed disloyalty to Melania.
This is now a *necessary* component of the national immigration debate, given Trump’s rhetoric about the dangers of illegal immigration and what he calls “chain migration.” https://t.co/zDjHi42g6h
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) February 21, 2018
Other poll respondents believe Trump doesn’t respect women as much as he respects men. Still, others are upset with the way he handled the case of Rob Porter, a White House aide who was fired after accusations of domestic violence.
Malloy says it’s a toxic cocktail that is affecting the president’s image with Americans.
“For President Donald Trump, deemed by American voters as perhaps dodging his taxes, disrespectful to women and disloyal to his wife, and pursued by the [adult film] star and the Playboy playmate scandals, the post State of the Union bump goes flat.”
Quinnipiac poll not great reading for the White House.
37% Trump approval
57% Not fit to serve
61% Do not like him as a person
76% Russia tried to influence election
18% think he’s been loyal to Melania
— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) February 21, 2018
However, in light of history, a 37 percent approval rating could actually be seen as good news for the president, at least according to some interpretations. That’s because it’s a full two points higher than it was at its lowest point, 35 percent in January. As Time reported at the time, that 35 percent approval rating, one year into his first term of office, was the lowest of any president in modern history.
Second Nexus writer Amelia Mavis Christnot says that the low ratings spell doom for the Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections.
“It may be time for the GOP to cut ties with the president, unless they want to go down with the ship.”