Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Honeymoon's Over

Not every shotgun wedding leads to a honeymoon.

Even before the PervertGate dossier became public yesterday, Americans were fast losing faith in the Great Orange Bloat.

The Washington Post reports that, as usual, Trump's polling numbers got a bounce after his election win but that started fading prematurely. He's not even inaugurated and the American people are turning against him.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that Trump has reverted to his pre-election standing, with Americans having major concerns about his temperament and the direction in which his presidency will lead the country. Trump’s continued controversies seem to have put him right back where he was before he won the election.

Quinnipiac is the first high-quality pollster to poll on Trump twice since the election. And while its poll in late November showed his favorable rating rising from 34 percent to 44 percent, that number has dropped back to 37 percent, which is about where it stood for much of the campaign. That’s tied for Trump’s worst favorable rating in a poll since his election. And a majority — 51 percent — now have an unfavorable view of him.

The American public, it seems, tried to like him and they must have tried awfully hard to like him but it didn't take. 

Likewise, the Quinnipiac poll shows a drop in confidence in Trump across the board. Although 59 percent were optimistic about the next four years under Trump in November, today that number is 52 percent. While 41 percent thought he would be a better leader than President Obama, it’s now 34 percent. While 52 percent thought he would help the nation's economy, it’s now 47 percent. While 40 percent thought his policies would help their personal financial situation, it’s now 27 percent. While 53 percent thought he’d take the country in the right direction, it’s now 45 percent.

You get the idea. There are similar drops in views of his honesty (42 percent to 39 percent), his leadership skills (56 percent to 49 percent), his compassion for average Americans (51 percent to 44 percent), his levelheadedness (38 percent to 33 percent) and his ability to unite the country (47 percent to 40 percent).

And then it gets worse. Toward the bottom, Quinnipiac asked respondents whether they thought Trump’s behavior since the election made them feel better or worse about him. Although “better” won out in late November, 36 percent to 14 percent who said they felt worse, that showing has been flipped. Today, 28 percent say they feel worse about Trump since Election Day; just 23 percent feel better.


Owen Gray said...

Today's press conference illustrates the animus between Trump and the press, Mound. They will hound him relentlessly. The road is downhill.

The Mound of Sound said...

Try to imagine, Owen, what this must be doing to Congressional Republicans on the eve of Trump's inauguration. If anyone will be watching the polls it's them. Trump's already flagging numbers are worrisome to the Senate and House leadership. Midterms can be a bitch and Trump could be the perfect anchor to sink their fortunes.

Ben Burd said...

"Midterms can be a bitch and Trump could be the perfect anchor to sink their fortunes. "

Nice to imagine but the Dems will find some way to fuck it up