Polling indicates that a majority of American voters do not believe that U.S. President Donald Trump is fit to serve in the Oval Office. The survey results found that a majority of U.S. voters disapproved of Trump's social media habits and his handling of race relations.
On Sept. 27, a national survey conducted by Quinnipiac University found that 42 percent of registered voters said that Trump was fit for office while 56 percent said he was not "fit to serve as president."
The data showed a profound partisan and gender split over Trump's fitness for office. An overwhelming 94 percent of Democratic voters said that the president was not fit to serve while, 84 percent of GOP voters said he was up for the job. A solid majority of independent voters -- 57 percent -- believed that Trump was not fit to be president. Men were evenly divided at 45 percent over Trump's fitness to be president; 63 percent of women said he was not fit for the office.
Along racial lines, white voters were split by 50 percent each over Trump's ability to lead the country, while an overwhelming 95 percent of black voters said he was not fit. Hispanic voters were mostly against Trump, with 60 percent of them saying that Trump was not up to the job against 40 percent who said he was.
An overall 57 percent of voters disapproved of Trump's job performance while 36 percent disapproved. Furthermore, 60 percent of respondents said Trump was dividing the country while 30 percent said he was a unifying figure.
"There is no upside," said assistant director Tim Malloy of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "With an approval rating frozen in the mid-thirties, his character and judgment questioned, President Donald Trump must confront the harsh fact that the majority of American voters feel he is simply unfit to serve in the highest office in the land."
The survey was conducted from Sept. 21 to 26 -- a period when Trump's headlines largely involved his criticism of NFL athletes who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
On Sept. 22, Trump called for NFL team owners to fire players who kneeled during the national anthem, The Guardian reports.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!" Trump said during a rally in Alabama.
Trump subsequently used his social media platform to call for boycotts against the NFL if team owners did not fire protesting players. By Sept. 26, the president had tweeted criticism of NFL players 21 different times over the span of three days, according to Yahoo News.
The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 62 percent of voters disapproved of how Trump was handling race relations in America while 32 percent approved. In addition, 69 percent of respondents said they wanted Trump to stop tweeting altogether, while 26 percent wanted him to continue his social media habits.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating 11 national surveys released between Sept. 13 and Sept. 26, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 40 percent and an average disapproval of 54 percent.