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The first word most respondents said came to mind when thinking of President Donald Trump was "idiot." (Photo: Getty)

'Mainly a Failure': Trump Approval Ratings Hit New Near-Historic Low

'There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers'

Nadia Prupis

President Donald Trump's approval ratings have slipped yet again, falling to a near-record low of 36 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

The survey of registered voters found that 58 percent disapprove of the job he's doing as president. When broken down into issues, the numbers are even more stark, with 59 percent disapproving of his handling of foreign policy and 62 percent disapproving of his take on immigration.

His approval ratings fell four points from the last Quinnipiac poll, released less than a month ago, including among the demographics that helped him get elected—white voters without college degrees, white men, and independents.

"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Many of his detractors said they saw his first 100 days as "mainly a failure" and expressed "deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence, and level headedness," Malloy said, describing those answers as "red flags that the administration simply can't brush away."

Moreover, a majority of respondents, 54 percent, said they want Democrats to take back control of House of Representatives. And 41 percent said that if Democrats had won the Senate in 2016, the country would be better off than it is now.

Quinnipiac's poll follows on the heels of a March Gallup poll that found Trump's ratings to be 39 percent—a historic low since Gallup began charting presidential approval in 1953. In fact, Trump broke his own low point, with his February approval ratings of 42 percent setting Gallup's previous record low.

Quinnipiac also asked respondents to say the first word that came to their minds when they thought of Trump. The answers spoke for themselves:

Quinnipiac conducted its poll May 4 to 9, surveying 1,078 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.


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