Poll: Majority Believe Trump Will Be Remembered Poorly

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Polling released on Oct. 19 indicates that a majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump will not fare well in the history books, with nearly half predicting that he will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history.

The data indicated that a majority of Democrats and independents disapprove of Trump's job performance, while a majority of Republicans remain satisfied with the president.

The Oct. 19 Marist Poll found that 58 percent of national adults said that Trump would be remembered after his time in office as a bad president. Furthermore, 42 percent of those respondents believed that the current commander-in-chief would be remembered as one the worst American leaders in history while 16 percent said his legacy would be that of an below-average executive, according to the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

Democrats were most likely to predict a negative legacy for Trump while Republicans were split over how he would be remembered. An overwhelming 88 percent of Democratic respondents said that Trump would have a poor legacy, while 31 percent of Republicans said that history would view him as an average president. Meanwhile, 26 percent of Republicans believed Trump would be remembered as one of the greatest presidents and 26 percent said he would be graded as an above-average leader.

The majority of independents had low expectations for how Trump would be viewed in time. The poll found that 60 percent of independent respondents said Trump's legacy would skew negative, with 41 percent predicting he would be remembered as one of the worst presidents.

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The survey found that 37 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 55 percent disapproved. In more specific finds, 69 percent of respondents said they disapproved of Trump's social media tweets and 55 percent believed that the president had done something illegal or at least unethical in his dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Deep into his first year as president, Donald Trump's less than stellar approval rating has lowered expectations about how history will judge him," said Marist Institute Director Dr. Lee M. Miringoff. "For history to treat him kinder, he will have to up his game."

The poll indicated that Trump maintained a solid base of support among Republicans, with 82 percent of GOP respondents approving of the president's job performance.

On Oct. 18, a Politico/Morning Consult survey found that a majority of registered Republican voters felt a stronger connection with Trump than with their representatives in Congress. According to Politico, 58 percent of GOP respondents said that Trump was the most in touch with the public and aligned with their personal principles, while only 25 believed that Republican lawmakers were more in touch and aligned with their values.

RealClearPolitics, after aggregating eight national surveys released between Oct. 10 and Oct. 19, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval rating of 55.5 percent.

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Sources: Marist Institute for Public Opinion, PoliticoRealClearPolitics / Featured Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr (2)

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