“Do as I say, not as I do.” The majority of Americans do not approve of the way President Trump has conducted himself since becoming president.
According to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, 58% of Americans are not fans of President Trump’s conduct, while 25% have mixed feelings. Add it up and 83% of Americans are not pleased with how the president handles himself on a daily basis.
Only 16% of Americans said they like how the president conducts himself.
Not surprisingly, the disapproval rating for Trump follow political affiliation. Democrats are much more likely to disapprove of Trump’s conduct (89%) while Republicans, and those who lean Republican, are more likely to have mixed feelings about it (46%).
There is certainly room for improvement in the Oval Office. The survey found that most Republicans and those who lean Republican think Trump should listen more to members of the party with experience in the government. Fifty-eight percent say Trump should listen more to Republicans who have experience, while 34% say he should listen less.
Even here though Republicans are divided. Conservative Republicans (52%) are less likely than moderate and liberal Republicans (70%) to say Trump should pay more attention to what more experienced members of the GOP have to say.
After seven months in office, President Trump continues to draw high approval ratings among Republicans, but there are limits to that admiration.
Conduct aside, when it comes to Trump’s stance on issues, 31% of Republicans say they stand behind the president and agree with nearly all of the issues facing the U.S. Another 38% of Republicans said they agree with Trump on many issues.
This contrasts drastically with where Democrats stand on the issues facing President Trump. The vast majority of Democrats (77%) say they do not agree with Trump about the issues facing the U.S., while another 17% said they only agree with him on a few issues.
Overall, the survey found that 15% of Americans they say they agree with Trump on all or nearly all issues, while 18% say they agree with him on many issues, but not all of them. Most agree with Trump on either a few issues (21%) or “no or almost no issues” (45%). Again, add it up, and 66% of Americans do not agree with the direction President Trump is taking the country.
“Republicans Divided in Views of Trump’s Conduct; Democrats Are Broadly Critical,” Pew Research Center, August 29, 2017.