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Thursday, April 20, 2017

 
So much winning

by digby


Donald Trump averaged 41% job approval during his first quarter as president, 14 percentage points lower than any other president in Gallup's polling history. Bill Clinton had the previous low mark of 55%. The average first-quarter rating among post-World War II presidents elected to their first term is 61%, with John Kennedy's 74% the highest.

It's going really well for him. Here are some other numbers from the PPP poll you might find interesting:

-One thing Trump could do that voters would support is get rid of Steve Bannon. Bannon has only a 21% favorability rating, compared to 50% of voters who see him negatively. Only 26% think Trump should keep Bannon on his staff, to 45% who think he should fire Bannon.

-Another thing Trump could do to help himself is work a little bit harder. Only 36% of voters think the amount of he's spent at Mar-a-Lago as President so far is appropriate, to 49% who say they think it's inappropriate. Voters are picking up on how much golf Trump has played- 48% believe he's played more golf during his first 3 months in office compared to only 28% who think Barack Obama played more at the start of his term. (Trump voters do say 53/20 that they think Obama played more though).

-Voters continue to have a lot of basic transparency concerns with Trump. The newest one is the decision to no longer make publicly available White House visitor logs. 63% of voters think these should continue to be made available, to only 24% who think they shouldn't be. This is an issue that Clinton voters (78/14) and Trump voters (48/36) are in agreement on.

62% of voters think Trump should release his tax returns to 31% who don't think it's necessary for him to. Trump's voters are going along with his claim that Tax Day protesters across the country demanding his returns were paid to do so though. 66% of Trump voters think that George Soros paid the protesters last weekend, to only 4% who say they don't think so. 
The transparency concerns voters have about Trump may stem back to a lack of trust- only 41% of voters believe Trump is honest to 54% who say they don't think he is.

-The Russia issue isn't going anywhere- 61% of voters want an independent investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 Presidential election and ties to key Trump aides, compared to only 29% of voters opposed to such an investigation. A majority of voters- 55%- continues to believe that Russia wanted Trump to win the election to only 22% who think it wanted Clinton to win (although Trump voters claim 42/22 that they think it wanted Clinton to win.)

The finding of an independent investigation could be devastating to Trump's presidency. Right now voters are pretty evenly divided with 41% believing members of Trump's campaign team worked in association with Russia to help Trump win the election and 40% saying they don't think there was any direct coordination. But if it does come out that Russia and Trump's team were working together, only 38% of voters think Trump should continue serving as President to 52% who think he should resign.

Just 35% of voters consider the Russia story to be 'fake news.'

Those Trump voters really are living in Bizarroworld...

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