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- Mueller Expanding Probe to RNC
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- Rosenstein Defends Mueller In Judiciary Testimony
- Fox News Host Says Mueller Should be ‘Handcuffed’
Majority Of Americans Give Trump A ‘D’ Grade (Or Worse) As President
President Donald Trump is bragging again about polling numbers without giving much consideration for what they entail.
Trump tweeted out this morning that most Americans felt the economy was in a good place. “In new Quinnipiac Poll, 66% of people feel the economy is ‘Excellent or Good,'” he wrote. “That is the highest number ever recorded by this poll.”
In new Quinnipiac Poll, 66% of people feel the economy is “Excellent or Good.” That is the highest number ever recorded by this poll.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2018
Yet further questioning on that same poll shows most Americans do not give Trump credit for the good economy. Only 37 percent said that Trump’s policies directly contributed to the good economy, while 59 percent say his policies either have no effect or a negative effect on things.
Most of the gains we’ve made, in fact, goes to former President Barack Obama, according to respondents. Nearly half of Americans say that Obama deserves more credit, while 40 percent say Trump is more responsible.
Another aspect of the poll is embarrassing for Trump, and it’s unclear why he’s promoting this poll at all considering how it reflects Americans’ negative attitudes about the president. The poll asked respondents to give Trump a letter grade, much like what students in school receive (‘A’ being the best, ‘F’ being worst).
Americans overwhelmingly don’t think Trump is doing great. Only 16 percent of Americans believe Trump deserves an ‘A’ grade. A near-equal number (17 percent) think he deserves a ‘D’ grade, and 39 percent think he’s worthy of an ‘F.’
In other words, the vast majority of Americans (56 percent) believe that Trump earned either a grade of ‘D’ or ‘F.’ Only 32 percent said he deserves a grade of ‘B’ or higher.
It’s no surprise that Trump likes to pick and choose his poll numbers. He frequently cites outlier polls that give him better numbers than general polling is willing to afford to him, even as those “better” polls aren’t that great for him either. Still, to promote a poll to your base that shows you have a 36 percent approval (and 59 percent disapproval) rating is ridiculous, which is par for the course for this ridiculous president.