Trump has the lowest job approval rate for a serving president since polls began 72 years ago — 37 percent.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 64 percent do not trust Trump’s decisions for America’s future. Only 32 percent view him favorably as a person versus 59 percent unfavorably. That is just two points better than President Bill Clinton during his sex scandal.
Almost half of the U.S. people, 48 percent, have zero confidence in Trump compared to Speaker Pelosi’s 37 percent. The Republicans in Congress came in with 30 percent no confidence and Democrats in Congress, 29 percent.
Even some of Trump’s base thought he was unlikable. Among Evangelical white Protestants, 29 percent said he was not likable. A full 24 percent of strong conservatives found him unlikable, and 22 percent of Republicans.
The Congressional Republicans did not fare any better with 30 percent trusting them versus 69 percent with no confidence. Congressional Democrats 34 percent to 65 percent, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 30 percent to 62 percent.
Ever since Trump’s inauguration, there has been a significant gender gap between those who liked him and those who did not. Only 27 percent of women approved of the president’s job performance versus 49 percent of men.
Across the board, men rate Trump higher than women. The greatest division was that 48 percent of men believed the president was good at making political deals. Among women, only 25 percent agreed.
When it came to people’s confidence in Trump making the best decisions for America’s future, 43 percent had confidence in him. Only 28 percent of women did. A full 57 percent of women had zero confidence “at all” in Trump. When it came to men, 39 percent of men had zero confidence.
Then, there was Trump’s basic personal popularity as a person, only 24 percent of women viewed him favorably. A full 42 percent of men agreed. There was a 55 percent rating among women who see Trump “strongly” unfavorable. With men, the number was 35 percent.
This gender gap even occurred within parties. Democratic men see Trump favorably as a person, 21 percent. For Democratic women it was only five percentage points. There was also a gender gap between independent men and women — a 16-point gap.
Morning Consult’s vice president Tyler Sinclair released a statement about how the government shutdown impacted Trump’s unfavorability Vox reported. It read:
‘As the government shutdown enters its second month, President Trump continues to carry the bulk of the blame among voters for the stalemate. … In this week’s poll nearly half of voters (49 percent) say the president is responsible — up 6 points since the shutdown began. At the same time, 35 percent of voters blame congressional Democrats, up 4 points, while 4 percent of voters blame congressional Republicans, down 3 points.’
The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted January 21 to 24, 2019 in English and Spanish. The random sampling consisted of 1,001 adults who were interviewed via landlines and cell phones. The Democrats made up 32 percent of the random sampling, Republicans 24 percent, and independents 37 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 3.5 +/- percentage points.
Langer Research Associates of New York, New York. Abt Associates of Rockville, Maryland provided the random sampling and data collection.
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