One Year Out From Election Win, Poll Shows Confidence In Trump Is Dismally Low

By on November 5, 2017
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Most are aware by now of Trump’s terribly low polling numbers. The American people are frustrated with his performance, both with his inability to pass meaningful legislation as well as disapproving the proposals themselves he has made.

But an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this weekend demonstrates that no other president in the past seven decades has faced this much opposition so early in their tenure.

Trump’s approval rating, one year out from his election win, is at 37 percent, according to the poll. Nearly 3-in-5 Americans (59 percent) disapprove of his job performance so far. Half of all Americans “strongly disapprove” of the way he’s handled being president.

His net approval rating sits at -22 percent — the lowest net rating of any president since Eisenhower at the one year mark after they were elected, and the only president in that time period to have a negative net rating (Gerald Ford had a negative rating, but he wasn’t elected president, and his net rating was a mere -3 percent).

Most Americans also agree — in spite of the president saying otherwise — that Trump is an unaccomplished leader in the first nine months in office. Thirty-five percent say that he’s accomplished a great deal or a good amount since assuming office, while 65 percent say Trump hasn’t accomplished a lot or even little-to-nothing.

Even less Americans — just 33 percent — think of Trump as “honest and trustworthy.” Sixty-five percent say he cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

The respondents cannot be blamed for thinking this way. In the first 263 days of his presidency (up to October 9), Trump has lied at least 1,318 times, amounting to lying five times per day to the American people. Politicians aren’t known for being truthful beings — but Trump has taken lying to a whole different level. The American people are well-aware of this, as his approval rating and trustworthiness numbers line up almost congruently.

This is a terrible situation for Trump to be facing one year out from midterm elections. Presidents often lose seats in Congress in the interim years between their elections. But if Democrats can get their acts together, and present a unifying “resistance” to Republicans (who are inconveniently tied to the president at the moment), it could mean a huge turnaround in Congress come 2018.

That’d be bad news for Trump — but welcoming news for the American people, who would like to see government take a different direction than the one the president is offering.

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