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"No Upside" for Trump as New Poll Shows US Majority Think President "Unfit to Serve"

Fifty-seven percent of independents and ninety-four percent of Democrats think president not equipped to hold nation's highest office

United States President Donald Trump in the General Assembly Hall, immediately before addressing the Assembly’s seventy-second general debate earlier this month. (Photo: United Nations/flickr/cc)

A new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Americans believe Donald Trump is "unfit to serve" as commander-in-chief and head of the nation's executive branch.

"With an approval rating frozen in the mid-thirties, his character and judgement questioned, President Donald Trump must confront the harsh fact that the majority of American voters feel he is simply unfit to serve in the highest office in the land." —Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac

Alongside an overall disapproval rating of 57 percent (with only 36 approving of his job performance), the survey revealed that by a 56 percent believe Trump does not have what it takes to be a good president, while only 42 percent think he does. Broken down by party affiliation and other factors, the poll found:

  • Trump is not fit, Democrats say 94 - 5 percent and independent voters say 57 - 40 percent. Republicans say 84 - 14 percent that he is fit.
  • Men are divided 49 - 49 percent, as women say 63 - 35 percent he is not fit.
  • White voters are divided as 50 percent say he is fit and 48 percent say he is not fit. Trump is not fit, black voters say 94 - 4 percent and Hispanic voters say 60 - 40 percent.

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The polls results have "no upside" whatsoever, said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "With an approval rating frozen in the mid-thirties, his character and judgement questioned, President Donald Trump must confront the harsh fact that the majority of American voters feel he is simply unfit to serve in the highest office in the land."

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