Thursday, June 08, 2017


The new Quinnipiac poll doesn't look good for the president:
"There is zero good news for President Donald Trump in this survey, just a continual slide into a chasm of doubt about his policies and his very fitness to serve," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The president's job approval rating dips to a new low, a negative 34 - 57 percent, compared to a negative 37 - 55 percent in a May 24 survey ... and a negative 35 - 57 percent April 4, his lowest score so far.

Trump is too friendly to Russia, 54 percent of American voters say, while 3 percent say he is too unfriendly and 38 percent say he has the right attitude. A total of 68 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Trump's relationship with Russia....

- 59 - 36 percent that he is not honest;

- 58 - 39 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;

- 58 - 40 percent that he does not care about average Americans;

... - 64 - 33 percent that he does not share their values.

... - [Voters] Disapprove 53 - 39 percent of the way he is handling the economy, a new low;

- 46 percent approve of the way he is handling terrorism and 48 percent disapprove
But I wouldn't say there's "zero good news" for Trump, because Republicans are still with him by large margins, and a plurality of white men are still on his side.

Job approval? Among Republicans 81% approve, 14% disapprove. Among white men, 47% approve, 43% disapprove.

Cares about average Americans? Among Republicans, 82% say yes, 16% say no. Among white men, 55% say yes, 42% say no.

Handling of the economy? Among Republicans, 83% approve, 14% don't. Among white men, it's 57%-36%.

Terrorism? Republicans approve 88%-10%, white men 61%-34%.

Russia? Overall, 54% of respondents think Trump is too friendly toward Russia, but 77% of Republicans and 53% of white men think he has the right attitude.

So if you're waiting for Republicans in Congress to abandon Trump soon, don't hold your breath.

But this doesn't mean the midterms will necessarily be good for the GOP. They're about a year and a half away; at a similar moment before the 2006 midterms -- May 2005 -- George W. Bush had a 44% approval rating, but 83% of Republicans still backed him, according to Quinnipiac at the time. Things didn't work out well for the GOP in 2006.

But the base is holding, and it's hard to imagine what could change that.

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