Majority of voters believe Trump to be reckless, dishonest: poll

Trump's ratings continue to slip, and most of the nation is frustrated with Congress

By Charlie May

Published October 25, 2017 1:00PM (EDT)

 (AP/Alex Brandon)
(AP/Alex Brandon)

A majority of registered voters disapprove of President Donald Trump and also believe he is reckless, dishonest and doesn't care about the average American.

The Morning Consult/Politico poll released on Wednesday surveyed 1,988 registered voters between Oct. 19 and Oct. 23, and 56 percent of respondents believe Trump is reckless, opposed to the 31 percent who said he is not reckless.

Identified Republicans (56 percent), and specifically Republican men (60 percent), racked up the highest numbers amongst demographic breakdowns to say they believed Trump is not reckless.

While only 51 percent of registered voters said Trump is not honest, only 35 percent believe he is honest and 14 percent said they didn't know.

Republicans (65 percent), Republican men (67 percent), Republican women (63 percent), Tea Party supporters (60 percent) and ideological conservatives (62 percent) are the only demographics in which a majority believed Trump is honest.

Fifty-three percent of registered voters don't believe Trump "cares about people like me," opposed to 34 percent of respondents who said he did.

As with the other questions, the same specific demographics were the only ones in which a majority believed Trump does, in fact, care about people like them.

In terms of stability, most voters — 54 percent — don't believe Trump is stable, as opposed to 33 percent who said they believed he was, according to the poll.

Only 25 percent of Republicans said Trump is not stable, but 53 percent of independents also said he is not stable.

Overall, character traits continue to be a major factor for Trump's low ratings, but his lack of legislative achievements appears to have had an impact as well.

A near-majority — 46 percent — of voters disapproved of Trump's decision to end Obamacare subsidies, while 39 percent approved, according to the poll.

However, 67 percent of voters said former President Barack Obama is responsible for the current state of Obamacare, while only 20 percent of voters said Trump. In a different question, 68 percent said congressional Democrats are more responsible for the current state of Obamacare as opposed to 32 percent who said Republicans. The results were largely along party lines.

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