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Stable genius? Not so much: Fewer Americans than ever think Trump is intelligent

Trump's poll numbers have never been good, but recently they have dipped to new lows


Matthew Rozsa
January 10, 2018 8:30PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump may want the world to think of him as a genius, but a new poll suggests his intellect is not held in particularly high regard with a large swath of Americans.

Only 53 percent of American voters think of Trump as intelligent while 44 percent do not, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. This is one of the lowest figures recorded for the president since taking office. It is only worsened by his poor showing when it comes to other metrics of stability.

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Sixty-nine percent of voters say that Trump is not level-headed while only 28 percent disagree and 57 percent say that he is not fit to serve as president while only 40 percent disagree.

Trump received remarkably low scores on questions of his character as well.

Sixty-three percent of American voters believe he is dishonest, while 59 percent said that he lacks good leadership skills and 65 percent said that he does not share their values. Perhaps his best ranking came in the category of strength, with 59 percent saying that Trump is a strong person.

Even when Trump has something going for him in terms of his poll numbers, it is often tainted. Even though 66 percent of American voters believe the economy is either "excellent" or "good," only 37 percent believe that Trump's policies are helping the economy. By contrast, 49 percent of voters believe former President Barack Obama was more responsible than Trump for America's current economic conditions; only 40 percent said Trump deserved more credit.

"What we always hope for in a leader, among other things, is that there will be a certain nobility to the President of the United States. Something noble about the presidency," former CBS news anchor Dan Rather told Salon in November. "And our great presidents, our best presidents — Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt — had a certain noble approach to the office, which we have zero of that." Watch below:

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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