A majority of the people in American say President Donald Trump has little to no respect for America’s democratic institutions and traditions, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
This is the issue that strikes at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump, which is focused on whether he used his office to seek a foreign government’s help for personal political gain.
Sixty-one percent of Americans, including 26% of Republicans, say Trump lacks respect for democratic norms. Similar segments of Republicans are also critical of the president’s honesty and his discipline.
However, the majority of Republicans – 85% – are supportive of Trump’s job in office.
Overall, 42% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the job, in line with where he has been throughout his tenure. Only 7% of Democrats have a positive view of Trump as president.
Trump’s job approval rating highlights the deeply divisive nature of his presidency, with Republicans largely favoring his actions and Democrats overwhelmingly disapproving.
As Trump looks to his reelection campaign, the path to victory will hinge on rallying higher turnout among his core supporters as opposed to persuading new voters to back his bid for a second term.
The biggest positive for Trump remains the economy, which has continued to grow despite warning signs of a downturn.
Fifty-four percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, including a quarter of Democrats.
Trump inherited a growing economy from his predecessor, Barack Obama, and the trajectory has remained positive, with the unemployment rate hovering below 4%.
Economists have challenged that Trump’s effort to levy tariffs on China puts economic gains at risk, and a majority of Americans, 55%, disapprove of Trump’s handling of trade negotiations with other countries.
Americans are more critical of Trump’s handling of foreign policy, with 59% disapproving of how he’s handling that issue.
The public is also questioning whether Trump’s actions as president have been good for America’s standing in the world; 46% said his policies have done more harm than good, while 39% said they have had a more positive impact.
The poll was conducted before Trump announced on Sunday that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a U.S. raid in Syria.
Trump was elected in 2016 with low marks from voters on a number of personal attributes, including honesty, and those assessments haven’t changed. More than half of Americans, 56%, said the word “honest” does not describe the president.
And 4 in 10 Americans, including about 2 in 10 Republicans, say the president makes them feel overwhelmed.
“It wears you down, it wears you out,” said Bill Cathey, a 57-year-old independent from Charlotte, North Carolina. “And kind of dampens your spirit throughout the day.”
Credit: Daily Mail