Politics

Poll: One-Third Of Voters Give Trump 'F' Grade

| by Ray Brown

A new poll finds that 1 out of 3 voters give President Donald Trump an "F" grade.

According to the latest McClatchy-Marist poll, released March 31, one-third of voters say Trump deserves a failing grade, while only 38 percent of registered voters said they approve of Trump's job performance during the first three months of his presidency.

More than half -- 51 percent -- said they disapproved.

Although already historically low compared to previous presidencies at this point in time of a new administration, it's 3 percent lower than Trump's job approval ratings in mid-February, according to McClatchy.

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"Every time he speaks ... it is so negative," said Whitni Milton, 31, a professional singer from Atlanta who took part in the poll, reports McClatchy. "I have never seen someone who has riled up so many people."

Trump won the presidency by winning the Electoral College after unexpected wins in Democrat-leaning states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. But Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million, putting him in the rare position of being a newly elected president who is disfavored by the majority of the American voting public.

Milton said she usually voted for Democrats but was turned off by both candidates in the 2016 presidential election and didn't vote for either Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

But with Trump in the White House, Milton is so disappointed that she said she would take former President George W. Bush, who started two major wars that have killed more than 200,000 people and presided over one of the biggest economic recessions in U.S. history.

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"I am not a Bush supporter," she said. "I will take Bush 10 times over."

Trump has fared poorly in polls ever since he announced his presidential run in June 2015. But since winning the presidency in November 2016, he has consistently had the lowest numbers of any newly elected president in U.S. history.

And with controversial actions like placing temporary bans on travelers from Muslim-majority countries and attempting to replace the Affordable Care Act with a Republican-approved alternative, Trump's numbers have continued to plummet.

According to a NBC News|Survey Monkey poll, Trump's job approval rating is 42 percent, which is 1 percent lower than the previous month, according to CNBC.

"There’s no honeymoon," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey. "He’s spending political capital that he didn’t acquire on Election Day. And he hasn’t done anything to cultivate it."

Sources: McClatchy, CNBC / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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