As White Men Flee, Trump's Approval Rating Dips Again

Randall Craig
April 5, 2017

New polling shows an erosion of Donald Trump's support in the demographics key to his election, as the slow-motion disaster of his first few months in office continues to unravel. A majority of men (51 percent) and white voters (48 percent) - groups that helped elect Trump - disapprove.

That is three percentage points below Barack Obama's worst approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll, which was 38 percent. Trump's approval among Republicans dropped to just 74 percent, a 14-percentage-point tumble from last month, according to IBD/TIPP.

Considering that Trump won North Carolina with almost 50 percent of the vote in November, it appears that a lot of voters are disappointed in him. Twenty-seven percent said they were proud of Trump and 19 percent said they were neither embarrassed nor proud.

"President Donald Trump continues to struggle, even among his most loyal supporters", assistant poll director Tim Malloy said in a written statement.

Fifty-five percent of voters believe that he is keeping his campaign promises, but voters disapprove of Mr. Trump's handling of every issue measured in this survey. Mr. Trump receives the worst scores on honesty (61 percent don't think he is), level-headedness (66 percent), and on shared values with voters (61 percent).

The health care bill's failure also took a toll on congressional Republicans.

Still 52 percent of voters felt the American economy was in "excellent" or "good" shape and most voters, including Republicans felt that Obama was more responsible for the economy than Trump. They understand that Trump inherited a good economy from President Obama and that the credit goes to the president who came into office preventing a new great depression left office with the longest job growth streak in history.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,171 voters nationwide from March 30 to April 3 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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