New polling indicates that a majority of American voters view President Donald Trump as reckless, thin-skinned and untrustworthy.
On July 5, a new Morning Consult survey found that 45 percent of registered voters viewed Trump favorably while 50 percent viewed him unfavorably. The poll also found that a majority of voters had a negative impression of the president's personality and capabilities.
The survey found that 42 percent of registered voters viewed Trump as a strong leader, while 47 percent did not. Further, 44 percent of respondents believed the president was knowledgeable; 46 percent disagreed.
Only 35 percent of respondents thought Trump was steady, while 59 percent said he was reckless. In hot-bottom issues of gender and race, 55 percent said the president was sexist while only 32 percent disagreed; 45 percent believed Trump was racist while 40 percent did not believe that was the case.
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On the topic of trust, only 34 percent of respondents said that Trump was trustworthy, while 51 percent said he was untrustworthy. Similarly, 35 percent said the president was honest, while 50 percent thought he was dishonest; 37 percent believed he kept his promises while 48 percent said he was more likely to break them.
The pool further found that 27 percent of respondents thought the president's partisan leanings were too conservative while 14 percent said he was too liberal.
A majority of voters also had a low view of Trump's self-esteem; 53 percent of respondents said the president was thin-skinned while 32 percent disagreed.
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On June 29, Trump stirred up controversy by blasting MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on social media.
"I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me... Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me," Trump wrote on Twitter. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"
The poll found that 49 percent of voters were aware of Trump's comments toward Brzezinski while 51 percent had not heard much about the controversy; 17 percent of respondents said that Trump's tweet made them view him more favorably while 51 percent the comments gave them a less favorable view of the president. Pollsters further found that 16 percent of respondents believed that the tweet was acceptable for a president to say, while 65 percent said it was unacceptable.
Moving past the president, the survey found that 58 percent of voters were concerned by Russian interference in the next election, while 65 percent worried about voter fraud.
When it came to controversial legislation working its way through Congress, 28 percent of respondents believed that the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would make the U.S. health care system better, while 44 percent believed it would make things worse. Finally, 42 percent of voters wanted congressional Republicans to follow through on repealing the ACA while 44 percent wanted them to move on to other issues.
RealClearPolitics, aggregating 10 national surveys released between June 18 through July 4, found that Trump has an average approval rating of 40 percent and an average disapproval of 55 percent.