New Poll Asked Voters What They Think Of Donald Trump. Here’s What They Said
In the year since Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington’s corruption, Americans have become more, not less, convinced that Washington is corrupt and that the Trump White House is the most corrupt entity in U.S. government. They also think the president is “an idiot.”
According to a new public opinion poll released by Quinnipiac University Tuesday, Americans don’t believe that Trump is cleaning up the government. In fact, the opposite is true: 58 percent of people surveyed say most, or all of the officials in the Trump administration are corrupt.
Americans aren’t damning Trump with faint praise, they’re just damning him.
When asked for the first word that pops into their heads when they think of the commander-in-chief, U.S. voters gave such glowing descriptors as “idiot,” “liar” and “a**hole,” according to the survey.
In the Quinnipiac sample, 53 voters (not, as in many polls, 53 percent of those surveyed) came up with “idiot,” 44 with “liar” and 36 with “incompetent.” Another 26 gave the response “a**hole,” while 19 said “moron,” 18 said “arrogant” and 17 said “disgusting.”
“President Donald Trump is known for hurling insults and he’s getting slammed right back. ‘Idiot’ is just one of a string of insults thrown his way by American voters,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy in a release about the poll, which echoed the results of a similar survey conducted in May.
Other words the pollsters heard more infrequently about Trump, but at least five times each, included “businessman,” “jerk,” “powerful” and “evil.”
“Of the 48 words used by five or more voters, 30 words are negative,” Quinnipiac said in announcing the results.
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American voters also had a dark view of Trump when it comes to the lingering investigation of Russian influence on U.S. politics: Some 57% of those polled by Quinnipiac said Trump has tried to “derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
More than half, or 52%, said the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. Just less than half, or 48%, said Trump did not collude with the Russian government to sway the outcome of the election.
Either way, a large majority of American voters—by 73% to 22%—believes Russia attempted to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. About 41% said that interference changed the outcome of the vote.
About 63% of Quinnipiac respondents said they disapprove of Trump’s support for Moore, and 60% said Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he defeats Democrat Doug Jones and wins the election.
Yes, the Trump administration is the most corrupt in modern U.S. history. He has stocked his agencies with lobbyists for industries that were regulated by the agencies, and his administration has been rocked by almost daily legal and investigatory bombshells related to corruption.
The president’s hiring of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law are at odds with the federal anti-nepotism law, which states that “a public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”
Trump is being sued in Maryland and Washington, D.C., for violating the “emoluments clause” of the U.S. Constitution by running his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.; Paul Manafort, the second Trump campaign manager, has been indicted on money-laundering charges; Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in an investigation that also uncovered secret lobbying work for the Turkish government; and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose $1 billion in loans tied to his real estate company, and has repeatedly had to revise his financial-disclosure forms to add items he “forgot.”
At least six Trump Cabinet secretaries are being investigated for exorbitant travel expenses, including using government planes for private business, security details or business dealings, and the list goes on.