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Poll: United Airlines More Popular Than Trump

| by Jordan Smith

United Airlines has been under fire since a passenger was allegedly injured while being forcibly removed from a flight in Chicago on April 9.

But according to a poll conducted April 17 and 18 by Public Policy Polling, the airline enjoys a higher popularity rating than President Donald Trump, Newsweek reported.

Of those polled, 42 percent said they preferred United over Trump, compared to 40 percent who sided with the president.

On other issues, the poll gave Trump a 43 percent job approval rating, with 50 percent disapproving.

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Of respondents, 49 percent thought Trump spent too much time at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, while 36 percent thought his trips were appropriate.

Other polls give Trump a higher approval rating. Rasmussen's latest survey puts the president at 48 percent, which, as The Hill points out, is equivalent to President Barack Obama's rating on 27 Sept., 2016, and above Obama's average rating in 2014, which was 42.5 percent.

United may come out favorably against Trump according to PPP, but the PPP poll also revealed that the airline has become significantly less popular. In 2013, PPP found that United had a positive approval rating of plus 20, while now it has a negative approval rating of minus 24.

United Airline's unpopularity was underscored in a Morning Consult poll released April 17. The poll found 79 percent of those who had heard about the latest developments related to United said that if they had a choice between a United flight and an American Airlines flight that were both the same cost, they would choose to fly with American. Those who were unaware of United's recent difficulties preferred a American Airlines flight over a United trip by 51 percent to 49 percent.

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When presented with the option of an American Airlines flight that was more expensive and would require a layover, 44 percent still said they would rather travel that way than taking a direct flight with United, Vox reported.

The Senate Commerce Committee imposed an April 20 deadline on United to answer details about the incident on April 9, when 69-year-old David Dao was dragged off a United flight to make room for crew members. Dao reportedly suffered a concussion and a broken nose, and lost two front teeth as a result. His attorney has indicated that Dao will sue United.

The House Transportation Committee also plans to call witnesses from United to testify on the matter, according to Fortune.

United has already said it will no longer call the police to remove passengers from overcrowded planes.

Sources: Newsweek, The Hill, Vox, Fortune / Photo credit: Solitude/Wikimedia Commons

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