A new poll is out that has bad news for the White House and for its head, who seems to be eternally obsessing over his public image.
According to the poll, which surveyed Americans’ opinions of the administration in a number of different contexts, the vast majority of the country is extremely dissatisfied with the way that Donald Trump is “leading.”
Just 24 percent of Americans think that the United States is heading in the right direction according to the new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Ten percent more Americans expressed optimism about the direction of the country back in June.
The decline in optimism is even more marked among Republicans, of all people, with a 60 percent majority of optimists having declined in size significantly. Now, only 44 percent of Republicans — members of the president’s own party — express optimism about the direction of the country under Trump.
It’s not hard to see why Americans have such a dismal attitude overall when it comes to the nation’s politics. The president can’t even find it in himself to respond to the devastating Hurricane Maria with any kind of respectability, opting to instead try and pick a fight with the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Maria hit.
If Trump can’t even respond to a storm hitting the U.S. like an adult, how can anyone expect him to respond effectively to any other challenges at all?
The poll surveyed Americans’ opinions, as mentioned, on a number of other questions as well.
A full 67 percent of Americans — including “about one-third of Republicans” — disapprove of the job that Trump is doing as president, with a whopping seven in ten adding that they do not believe that the president is “level-headed.”
Among Republicans, only 42 percent say that the president understands their issues “very well.” 32 percent of Republicans are under the impression that Trump understands everyday Americans’ issues “moderately well.”
Unsurprisingly, among the broader population, an overwhelming majority does not believe that the president understands average Americans’ issues very well at all. 92 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of Independents are of this persuasion.
The president has struggled to grow his base beyond his original core of supporters, but it’s not as though he’s sitting around plotting ways to achieve such growth. His support bottomed out shortly after his inauguration and has not grown substantially since.
Check out a chart of Trump’s approval rating over time below.