Over one third of all Americans think Trump is a failure

In a new survey, 35 percent of respondents gave Trump's presidency an F, with only 18 percent giving it an A

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 16, 2018 4:01PM (EST)

 (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
(AP/Carolyn Kaster)

A new poll asked Americans to grade President Donald Trump in the same way that a teacher would one of their students. The results were . . . not good.

A full 35 percent of those polled would gave Trump an "F" for his performance as president so far, according to the study by Politico and Morning Consult. By contrast, only 18 percent have the president an "A," 17 percent gave him a "B," 14 percent gave him a "C" and 11 percent gave him a "D." In all, roughly the same number of people would fail Trump as would give him either an "A" or a "B".

The metrics weren't much better for the president when it came to specific issues. His best marks involved the economy and jobs, with 25 percent giving him an "A" on the economy and 24 percent giving him an "A" on jobs while only 26 percent gave him an "F" on the economy and only 24 percent gave him an "F" on jobs. Trump also did comparatively well on terrorism, with 22 percent of American giving him an "A" on that issue and 28 percent giving him an "F".

On every other issue, however, Trump's showing was very poor. Thirty-eight percent of those polled gave him an "F" on foreign relations, with only 14 percent giving him an "A," and the same number gave him an "F" on health care, with only 10 percent giving him an "A." He also got an overwhelming "F" on global warming (40 percent failed him and only 12 percent gave him an "A"), immigration (36 percent failed him and 16 percent gave him an "A"), the national debt (35 percent failed him and 13 percent gave him an "A"), draining the swamp (34 percent failed him and 10 percent gave him an "A") and international trade (30 percent failed him and 16 percent gave him an "A").

Trump has been on the receiving end of bad polling numbers since the start of the year. Despite bragging that he was a "stable genius," only 53 percent of Americans considered him to be intelligent in a Quinnipiac University poll last week, 44 percent did not. Similarly, a CBS News poll released Sunday found that 41 percent of Americans were strongly opposed to Trump, while only 18 percent could be characterized as "believers" in the president.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), director Jason Reitman ("The Front Runner"), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, World War II historian Joshua Levine (consultant to "Dunkirk"), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), seismologist John Vidale, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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