Donald Trump isn't going to admit just how unpopular he is

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 51 percent of voters disapprove of Trump

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 11, 2017 10:56PM (EST)


This story has been corrected since it was originally published.

President-elect Donald Trump's approval ratings are an abysmal 37 percent — but he's refusing to admit it.

Only 37 percent of voters approve of how Trump has handled his job as president-elect compared to 51 percent who disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published on Tuesday. The survey also found that 55 percent approve of how President Barack Obama is performing his job, compared to only 39 percent who disapprove.

Most of Trump's other figures are highly negative. Forty-five percent of voters say he will be a worse president than Obama, compared to only 34 percent who believe he will be a better president and 15 percent who believe the two will be roughly equal.

Similarly, 53 percent of voters say that Trump is not honest (compared to 39 percent who think he is), 52 percent say he does not care about average Americans (compared to 44 percent who think he does), and 62 percent say that he is not level-headed (compared to 33 percent who think he is).

On a more positive note for the president-elect, 68 percent of voters describe Trump as intelligent (27 percent disagree), 71 percent describe him as strong (25 percent disagree), 52 percent are optimistic about the next four years under Trump (43 percent disagree), and 47 percent believe he will help the nation's economy (31 percent disagree).

"President Barack Obama leaves the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is as he crosses the threshold and saddles up for the most important job in the world," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement about the poll.

"President-elect Trump gets points for strength and intelligence, but voters' feelings about his personality traits, empathy, leadership and level-headedness, are headed south."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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