US President Donald Trump’s support among Republican, white men on decline: Poll

March 23, 2017 1:53 pm

President
speaks during the Women in Healthcare panel at the White
House in Washington, DC, March 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump is
quickly losing support among members of his Republican Party, white
voters and men, a new poll suggests, underscoring that his approval
among the core groups that make up his electoral base has begun to
erode.

Just 37 percent of Americans say they approve of
how Trump is doing his job as president, and 56 percent disapprove, the
worst result for him so far in his young presidency, according to the
Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.
A Quinnipiac poll released on March 7 put the numbers at 41 percent and 52 percent respectively.
Trump’s approval among Republican voters dropped 10 points, to 81 percent, with 14 percent saying they disapprove.
Trump had also lost 6 percent of his supporters among men, with only 43 percent approving of his job.
According
to the survey, White voters, Trump’s main supporter base, were also
withdrawing their support from him. Only 44 percent of the voters said
they approve of his job, down from 49 percent in early March.
‘Trump not honest’
Meanwhile, the poll also found that at 60 percent, a great majority of American voters doubt Trump’s honesty.
This is while, 55 percent did not even think he possessed the leadership skills required for the top job.
The pessimism ran deeper, with 57 percent saying that Trump did not care about average Americans.
Unsubstantiated claims
Interestingly,
nearly 75 percent of the respondents said they thought Trump and his
government “very often” or “somewhat often” make statements without
offering evidence to back them.
This is especially important since the Trump administration is under pressure to prove some of the president’s claims.
Congress
and intelligence agencies have asked Trump to provide them with
evidence that he was “wiretapped” by his predecessor Barack Obama during
the presidential campaign.
Trump has leveled various allegations
against Obama and some American intelligence agencies, prompting legal
investigations that often return with no evidence backing the claims.
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