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Trump's Support From White Voters Has Dropped

President Donald Trump has lost a sizeable amount of support from white voters and other demographics that have comprised his base, a new poll finds.

In the Quinnipiac University survey released on May 10, the president's approval rating declined among independent voters, 29 percent of whom approve of him, compared to 38 percent from the same poll conducted on April 19.

Meanwhile, 48 percent of white men gave him their approval, compared to 53 percent in the April poll, while white voters without a college degree were nearly evenly split between the 47 percent who supported him and the 46 percent who did not. In April, 57 percent of this demographic said they approved of his job performance, while 38 percent disapproved.

"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. "The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump's first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can't brush away." 

Indeed, between the last two polls, more voters in the May survey said Trump is not honest, does not care about average Americans, is not level headed and does not share their values. However, the majority remained relatively unchanged since the earlier survey still agreed that he is a strong person, while a slightly smaller majority than the April poll agreed that he is intelligent, and there was little change between the number that said he has strong leadership skills.

Trump's support among voters in general also plummeted to 36 percent overall, while 58 percent of respondents did not approve of the job he has been doing. While this is not quite his lowest recorded score in the poll -- only 35 percent of respondents approved of him, while 57 percent disapproved when the same poll was conducted in early April -- it is a significant drop from the 40 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval from the last April 19 survey.

The Quinnipiac poll's approval measurement is on the low side, compared to other surveys conducted during a similar time frame. FiveThirtyEight compiled data from several polls and found that, as of May 11, Trump has an average of approximately 41 percent approval, while 53 percent said that they disapproved of the president.

Sources: Quinnipiac University, FiveThirtyEight / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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