It’s going from bad to worse for President Donald Trump. Nothing matters more than perception and image when it comes to politics, and for a man obsessed with both, this could spell doom for the Republican Party in 2018. According to a recent poll, 63% of Americans believe President Trump tried to impede or obstruct the investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election and links between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.
The poll also found that 40% of American voters think Trump did something illegal with Russia. Meanwhile, 32% believe Trump acted unethically, but not illegally. Twenty-five percent of respondents do not believe Trump did anything wrong.
Whether the American public gets to the bottom of the investigation remains to be seen, but most Americans are not very optimistic. A full 38% of those polled say the investigation into possible collusion with Russia is very or extremely important, but 54% are not confident that congressional investigations into the issue will be fair or impartial. A surprising 42% of voters are not confident that the Justice Department’s investigation, which is being led by former FBI director Robert Mueller, will be fair or impartial. This is up from 36% who said the same thing when the same question was asked in June.
Overall, results from the 40-question poll echo recently released surveys about President Trump. At 69%, a majority of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction, with just 30% saying it is heading in the right direction.
The poll also found that only 32% approve of the job the president is doing, with 67% disapproving. With the end of 2017 in site, these numbers show that Trump is the most unpopular first-year president in history.
It’s even worse for those in Congress. A whopping 84% of Americans disapprove of Congress, with just 15% approving. Of those that approve, a paltry two percent “strongly agree.”
Still, it all comes back to Trump. When asked if the U.S. is better off or worse off than when Trump became president, or if there’s no difference, it wasn’t even close. A majority of Americans (52%) say the country is worse off since Trump entered the Oval Office, with 33% saying it is “much worse” off. Exactly one-quarter of voters believe the country is better off, but only nine percent think it is “much better” off.
Most Americans don’t think it’s going to get better either. Again, the majority of Americans (55%) think the country’s best days are behind it. This is up from 52% who held the same view in June. Meanwhile, 43% are certain America’s best days are ahead of us, but even that optimism is waning; in June, 46% said the same.
“The December 2017 AP-NORC Center Poll,” The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, December 16, 2017.
“Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll,” The Associated Press, December 16, 2017.