The big story these days is Donald Trump’s firing of FBI head James Comey. But the conservative Washington Examiner notes that a new poll shows that Trump’s approval rating was already diving before the event. Considering Trump’s reactive nature, the poll, itself, may have been one impetus for the firing.

Trump has had historically low favorability ratings, but a near record low preceded the Comey firing.

The new Quinnipiac survey falls well within the lower range at minus-22 points — but what’s more important is that it’s ticked downward six points from the university polling outfit’s survey three weeks earlier. The new survey, nearly all of which was conducted before FBI director James Comey’s firing, shows Trump’s approval dropping into the mid-30s, although not quite as low as it was in early April (35 percent).

At 36 percent approve and 58 percent disapprove, Trump’s net approval is tied for its worst yet in Quinnipiac’s reckoning since his inauguration. And because the five-day poll ended yesterday, the Comey situation hasn’t really filtered into the numbers yet one way or the other.

The new Quinnipiac survey falls well within the lower range at minus-22 points — but what’s more important is that it’s ticked downward six points from the university polling outfit’s survey three weeks earlier. The new survey, nearly all of which was conducted before FBI director James Comey’s firing, shows Trump’s approval dropping into the mid-30s, although not quite as low as it was in early April (35 percent).

At 36 percent approve and 58 percent disapprove, Trump’s net approval is tied for its worst yet in Quinnipiac’s reckoning since his inauguration. And because the five-day poll ended yesterday, the Comey situation hasn’t really filtered into the numbers yet one way or the other.

However, the Examiner went on to say that Trump’s unpopularity may not have an impact on the 2018 election.

We just saw other Republican candidates outperform his numbers in many of the places where he’s least popular — the House GOP actually won the national popular vote for Congress by 1.4 million, whereas Trump lost the popular vote for president by about 2.9 million.

The most striking thing about the poll was that it asked for one-word descriptions of Trump.

One of the more amusing results in this poll comes in the form of the one-word reaction question: “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump?” This month’s most popular responses, by number of people who uttered them out of the 1,078 voters surveyed nationwide:

idiot: 39
incompetent: 31
liar: 30
leader: 25
unqualified: 25
president: 22
strong: 21
businessman: 18
ignorant: 16
egotistical: 15
asshole: 13
stupid: 13
arrogant: 12
trying: 12
bully: 11
business: 11
narcissist: 11
successful: 11
disgusting: 10
great: 10

The entire poll results are here.

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.

Trump Approval Rating Polls


  1. Winston Churchill had the same “bad” qualities as Trump. They made him one of the most revered leaders in world history. He should have never been prime minister of Great Britain. He wasn’t someone who “did everything right,” and it was shocking that he was elected. His contemporaries knew he was brilliant – but he was also a paranoid loose cannon who was impossible to deal with. Sound familiar? See:

    • Thanks “wormseye” for posting. Tremendous information.

      Didn’t Trump have a 93% approval rating from Republicans? Didn’t previous numbers show people would still elect him over Hillary?

      Who did the pollsters poll for this recent poll. Probably the same people who said Hillary would win in a land slide.

      • Taking a page from your leaders book? The polls are right when they support your beliefs, yet not only wrong when they go against you, they are ridiculously wrong and undependable.

        Your attitude is not surprising, to be taken in by such a charlatan, you must share his beliefs and attitudes.

  2. He is an idiot. That much is blatantly obvious. Sadly, it is a grossly polite understatement.

  3. Let’s go back to very recent history, didn’t all the polls say that Billary would win in a landslide. Fast forward to the present and Billary is on the outside looking in. President Trump is where nobody except his most ardent supporters believed he would be.?

    Polls are a snap sampling of any situation at a point in time. It is truly pathetic that the whining left can’t accept reality. In all my years following politics, I have never seen another president so mercilessly attacked. It doesn’t matter if it is on a matter of political importance or simply that the press corps didn’t know where he was going to dinner.?

    Should President Trump make decisions that put the US populace in danger because of his recklessness, than complain and whine. Until then, all this whining simply shows the rantings of a petulant child who didn’t get their way. If I can’t have it, nobody can!!!?

    • The polls were largely within the expectes margin of error. Hillary did win by 3 million votes.

          • When you learn the election process perhaps you will pass this on to those persons you support in the next Presidential election.

            • Would that be the same as black votes are worth more in the South than in the North.

            • Based on ups’s comment I think he is saying that since there are more overall whites in the rural communities, and that’s basically in the North, the whites control how the vote goes in those communities, however, in the South it is just the opposite. There is more blacks in the rural communities.

            • No, what he meant was that our system is set up so that the votes in sparsely populated areas have more power than the votes of people in cities. And since Black people are mostly concentrated in urban areas, they have less voting power.

              Technically, you are correct. Rural votes weigh more heavily than urban votes, regardless of race. But it doesn’t matter in the South, since Black people are also heavily represented in the cities.

            • I live in Louisiana and it seems that there is a strong black population in the larger cities and towns, but, in the smaller towns and rural areas the black population seems to be on the larger size compared to the whites. In Louisiana there are about 7 larger cities and a fair amount (maybe 10 to 15″) of medium sized towns. The rest is comprised of small towns and rural areas. I do know that the blacks control a good part of the voting in Louisiana. Rather than the normal 12 to 13 percent. you are looking at 30 to 35 percent of the population.

      • That’s true. I’m really sick of the lie that the polls were wrong. The polls were NOT wrong. It was just a very volatile campaign, since most people hated both candidates.

        The last polls showed a very close race, and when it comes down to it, the polls measure voters, not states, and the voters did pick Hillary.

        But that’s the system we have, so yeah, it’s time to “move on.”

        • Sure, but I won’t let the alternative facts crew get away with equivocating. Trump has never had the support of the people. Never. He won only because the United States is not a democracy.

          • Trump has the same 30-40% that he started with, and as he said, if he shot someone on 5th Avenue in broad daylight, he’d still have the same 30-40% approval.

            But Trump is a gambler. He keeps doing outrageous things, and sooner or later, his luck will come in. If he bungles his way into peace between Israel and Palestine, or even makes Kim John Un settle down, his approval could skyrocket.

            Face it, his approval ratings have nowhere to go but up.

            • I don’t think it’s possible for him to ever reach >50% approval rating. His base is only about 40%, and a majority of the population view him as a demented toddler. Two pigs in a trenchcoat would be more likely to actually accomplish anything of note, other than letting the country deteriorate even further.

              It’s not possible for Trump to solve any international conflict, since only Americans are stupid enough to believe, in somewhat large numbers, that he has an intelligence level less than 3 standard deviations below average.

              Have you talked to any people from other countries lately? The world is laughing in disbelief. They think we’ve been eaten by brain parasites from space.

            • But that’s exactly why Trump’s popularity will soar if he pulls of some crazy gamble that pays off. That’s his whole M.O. He doesn’t really plan anything, he just grabs opportunities on a day-by-day basis, and doesn’t mind taking chances. Sure, it got him four or five bankruptcies, but it was mostly his investors and partners who lost–he ganed billions.

              When was the last time you heard a president say he’d be “delighted” to meet with the North Korean president? When did a Palestinian leader, basically, recognize Israel?

              It is Trump’s low expectations that will shock everyone when one of his gambles pays off.

            • I don’t recognize that Trump is engaging in gambles. At best, those are random consequences of his narcissistic personality disorder.

              Trump is extremely easily impressed and submissive to any form of authority. If he were to meet with Kim Jong Un, Trump would only be mesmerized by yet another genocidal dictator. Yet another totalitarian regime would become one of the puppeteers to Trump’s puppet.

              No other leader respects Trump. All the big shot dictators have correctly identified this administration as a golden opportunity to infiltrate and remote control the White House. There’s nothing good coming of this.

              Like with your claim that Angela has at some point made a valid argument, I’ll believe this when I see it.

            • Still, as I said, there’s no way he can lose any of his fans, no matter what he does. That means, he’s got nowhere to go but up.

              I’d offer his bumbling into the White House as the best example of a gamble that paid off. And his fortune. We could probably find specific incidents, but he’s got the big prizes he wanted. He goes after big prizes.

              Remember that world leaders also had little respect for Bush, but he got what he wanted, since they feared what he might do next. That being the example, imagine how frightened they are of Trump.

            • There’s no way he can lose his superfans, but not all of his voters are superfans.

              His fortune, as you know, he was born with.

              As stupid as W is, he was infinitely more respected than Trump is. Bush was seen as dumb. Trump is seen as having the intelligence of a coconut.

            • If Trump is seen as having the intelligence of a coconut I hate to even think where yours might be, but, I do know it is far below where anyone thinks Trumps is.

            • What you are failing to say is that they were more afraid of Obama than any current or past President because they knew he wouldn’t do anything. He just thought all these terrorist would stop fighting and become friends because he was nice to them and wouldn’t back up his red lines.

            • If Trump fixed every problem in the world the liberals would still not support him.

    • No, that’s not true, at all. I think the polls were accurate, throughout. The problem is that we had the two most unpopular candidates in American history. Each had a small cadre of fanatics, but the majority of the public didn’t like either of them. That’s why the polls swung so wildly.

      And yeah, if the election had been held just a few weeks earlier, Hillary would have won by a landslide (technically, 15%). The polls showed a large movement in the last two weeks.

      A lot of people also don’t understand the difference between a poll and a prediction. For instance, based on the time and situation, predictions were that Hillary had up to an 85% chance of winning. That’s not the same as getting 85% of the vote.

      Also, of course, the election is not national. At the end, the polls showed Hillary winning by a small amount–nationally–which is actually what she did.

      • Goeth, the reason for the way the vote went was only partially due to the dislike of the candidates. The main cause was that one offered the hope of change and the other, more of the same.

          • You’re wrong, I voted Trump because I felt he was the only one that was not in the scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours bunch and therefore felt he would try to get his agenda passed. The problem was he would have to fight the Congress to get it done. I knew if Hillary was elected we would just have more of the Obama administration of doing nothing helpful for the people. 8 years was enough to convince me that Hillary’s campaign was following what Obama had been doing since elected. I’m not saying Trump will be any better, just that he stands for possible change, which is what Obama campaigned on. And look how that turned out. We’re just further in debt and that may not change for quite some time even with Trump due to what Congress does. They control the purse strings.

  4. I suggest a new amendment to the constitution: If the first word that pops into people’s heads when they hear the President’s name is more likely to be “idiot” than “President,” s/he will be removed from office immediately.

  5. He had the support where it counted. He is the President and Hillary is sobbing her way into senility. The Democrats still don’t understand the election process in the United States. Maybe, by 2020, they will have learned.

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