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Poll: Majority of Americans Embarrassed By Trump

| by Jordan Smith

A majority of Americans say they are embarrassed by President Donald Trump's first month on the job.

The results came from two new polls conducted by Quinnipiac University and McClatchy-Marist, the Washington Post reported.

In the McClatchy-Marist poll, conducted Feb. 15-19, 58 percent of respondents selected "embarrassed" rather than "proud" to describe how they felt about Trump's conduct.

However, these findings varied considerably depending on party affiliation. The vast majority of Democrats said they were embarrassed, while a majority of Republicans stated they were proud. A majority of independents felt embarrassed.

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The Quinnipiac University poll found that a majority of respondents believe that Trump was not honest and lacked leadership skills.

Although a majority stated Trump was intelligent, there was also a majority who felt that he does not share their values.

The Quinnipiac poll also found that Trump's approval rating has declined to 38 percent, with 55 percent saying they disapprove of him.

Another survey conducted by Quinnipiac earlier in February month gave Trump an approval rating of 42 percent.

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"President Trump's popularity is sinking like a rock," assistant director of the poll Tim Malloy said in a statement, according to The Hill.

"He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level-headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in," he added.

Other pollsters have come up with quite different results. Rasmussen, a conservative-leaning pollster, has put Trump's approval rating at 51 percent.

Even the Quinnipiac survey found that 83 percent of Republicans approve of Trump, giving an indication of the sharp partisan divide. 91 percent of Democrats disapproved.

Another poll from the Pew Research Center confirmed Trump's strong position among Republicans. He obtained an approval rating of 86 percent, with just 13 percent disapproving.

By contrast, Republican congressional leaders enjoyed less support among Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Alabama secured an approval rating of 57 percent, while House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin came in at 65 percent.

Asked who they would trust if both sides clashed, 52 percent of Republicans said they would side with Trump compared to just 34 percent who would line up behind the congressional Republicans.

Sources: Washington Post, The Hill, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Wikimedia Commons

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