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Q Poll: Trump's Popularity 'Sinking Like A Rock;' Voters Trust Media More

President Donald Trump at a rally in Poughkeepsie last year.
President Donald Trump at a rally in Poughkeepsie last year. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

President Donald Trump's approval ratings slipped dramatically on Wednesday, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University.

American voters Wednesday gave the President a negative 38 percent to 55 percent job approval rating, his worst net score since he took office, down from a negative 42 percent to 51 percent approval rating in a Feb. 7 Quinnipiac University national poll.

President Trump's negative scores are 36 percent to 59 percent among women and 41 - 50 percent among men, according to the poll. Republicans approve 83 percent to 10 percent, while negative approval ratings are 5-91 percent among Democrats and 38 percent to 55 percent among independent voters.

Trump gets a negative 39-55 percent favorability rating, also his worst net score since taking office. Vice President Mike Pence gets a split 41 - 40 percent favorability.

Opinions on most of Trump's personal qualities also are negative, as American voters say:

  • 55-40 percent that he is not honest;
  • 55-42 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
  • 53-44 percent that he does not care about average Americans;
  • 63-33 percent that he is not level-headed;
  • 64-32 percent that he is a strong person;
  • 58-38 percent that he is intelligent;
  • 60-37 percent that he does not share their values.

Trump is doing more to unite the country, 36 percent of American voters say, while 58 percent say he is doing more to divide the nation.

"President Donald Trump's popularity is sinking like a rock," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in."

A total of 38 percent of American voters think they can trust Trump to do what is right "almost all of the time" or "most of the time," and 61 percent think they can trust Trump to do what is right "some of the time" or "hardly ever."

In contrast, 58 percent of voters think they can trust U.S. courts to do what is right "almost all of the time" or "most of the time," and 40 percent think they can trust the courts to do what is right "some of the time" or "hardly ever."

American voters approve 59-38 percent of court actions blocking Trump's executive order on immigration.

Looking at Trump's immigration proposals, voters oppose:

  • 49 - 43 percent "suspending immigration from 'terror prone' regions ...;"
  • 53 - 45 percent suspending for 90 days all travel to the U.S. by citizens from seven Middle Eastern nations;
  • 60 - 37 percent suspending for 120 days immigration of all refugees to the U.S. from any nation;
  • 68 - 27 percent suspending indefinitely all immigration to the U.S. of Syrian refugees. President Trump and the Media

A total of 90 percent of American voters say it is "very important" or "somewhat important" "that the news media hold public officials accountable."

Voters disapprove 50 - 45 percent of the way the news media has covered Trump. But voters disapprove 61-35 percent of the way Trump talks about the media.

And voters trust the media more than Trump 52-37 percent "to tell you the truth about important issues.' "The media, so demonized by the Trump Administration, is actually a good deal more popular than President Trump," Malloy said.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

Visit poll.qu.edu for more information on the poll.

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