For a president obsessed with his public image to the point of calling all negative news “fake,” a new Marist poll has some bad news.
According to this poll, the president’s core base of supporters, as represented by those Americans who think he will be judged by history as either an above average or one of the best presidents, make up only 18 percent of the population. Only 7 percent of Americans think he will be remembered as “one of the best” presidents.
In contrast, a full 42 percent of Americans think that Trump will go down in history as “one of the worst” presidents. 16 percent of Americans think that Trump will be remembered as a “below average leader.” Just 19 percent of Americans — more than those who passionately believe in the president — place themselves right in the middle of the spectrum and say Trump will go down in history as an “average” president.
These dismal numbers have acute implications for the president, indicating — as most of us knew already — that it’s not going to be as easy to enact his most drastic policy proposals as he has long claimed it would be. His elusive supposed deal making skills aren’t going to overcome the fact that over 4 in 10 Americans are so dispassionate about his agenda that they estimate he will become known as “one of the worst” presidents.
Although, unsurprisingly, more Democrats think poorly of the progression of the Trump Administration, not even a majority of Trump’s own party believes his administration will go down as either one of the best in history or as above average.
22 percent of — or just barely two out of ten — Republicans believe Trump will be remembered as one of the best presidents, while about 26 percent of Republicans say they believe he will be remembered as “above average.”
What kind of sorry state must you be in as a president if not even a majority of your own political party is willing to say you’re “above average.”
As for other blocs of right wing voters, only a total of 41 percent of those who identify as either conservative or very conservative believe that the president will be remembered as at least above average.
On the other side, a full 70 percent of Democrats believe Trump will go down in history as one of the worst presidents — and for good reason.
He has failed to enact any major piece of legislation since taking office, opting instead to focus his attention on undoing the accomplishments of his predecessors. He has sparked conflicts around the world; in the case of North Korea, Trump seems to be pulling us towards a military conflict, while in the case of our allies like Mexico and Canada, our conflicts under Trump have been economic.
None of that is the mark of a leader who has any real idea what he’s doing in office.
These new numbers come as the more conventional measurement of Trump’s approval rating continues to stay down in the dumps. Less than 40 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, as you can see in the chart showing the average of polls measuring Trump’s approval rating over time below.
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