It’s no secret that Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing as president of the United States. This fact isn’t even disputable; he came into office with absolutely no relevant experience and no apparent intention to learn from those who do have such experience.
For around seven in ten Americans, the president’s continued belligerence is chilling. A new poll, conducted jointly by the Washington Post and the University of Maryland, finds that that many of us think that “the nation’s political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War,” while nearly six in ten Americans think that “Donald Trump’s presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional.”
Seventy-one percent of Americans, according to the poll, believe that “problems have reached a dangerous low point,” with 39 percent of Americans adding that they believe the present situation is the “new normal.”
Americans have good reason to be worried. There have, in fact, already been casualties of the Trump Administration. The most well known of these is probably Heather Heyer, the protester killed by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this fall. At the time of that incident, the president insisted that responsibility for the violence rested with “both sides,” also commenting that he believes there were “fine people” among the white nationalists gathered that day.
It’s easy, then, to see that Donald Trump is not on the American people’s side, and he couldn’t care less about any long term effects his actions have on American society. For now, a lot of people are counting on the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take down Trump, with their hopes being buoyed by a Friday report that Mueller had filed charges against an unspecified member of Trump’s team in connection with the Russia scandal.
Strong disapproval of the president correlates with being ashamed of the way that American democracy is working, with about half of those who disapprove of the president expressing such disapproval. Overall, 36 percent of Americans express such disapproval.
Americans are distrustful of not only the president, but of members of Congress as well. Only 12 percent of those polled say they believe members of Congress base their decisions on “a set of core values,” while a full 87 percent say that members of Congress “do whatever is need (sic) to win reelection.”
Americans are upset at the tone of the nation’s political conversation, something that Trump is responsible for as much as anything. He’s turned his army of followers into virulent shills for his incendiary agenda, not showing much care for those who are affected in the process.
Displaying the gradual decrease in Americans’ state of mind when it comes to our political state is a chart of the president’s approval rating over time, featured below.
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