New Poll: Trump is smart but not level-headed and not fit to serve

(QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL) – President Donald Trump is intelligent, American voters say 53 – 44 percent, one of his lowest scores since Inauguration day, but voters say 69 – 28 percent that he is not level-headed and 57 – 40 percent that he is not fit to serve as president, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Grading President Trump’s first year in office, 39 percent of voters give him an “F,” while 17 percent give him a “D.” Trump gets an “A” from 16 percent of voters, a “B” from another 16 percent and a “C” from 11 percent of voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University Poll finds.

In an open-ended question, allowing any answer, 69 voters (not percent) describe Trump’s first year in office as a “disaster,” followed by 62 voters who say “chaotic,” 44 voters who say “successful,” 28 voters who say “horrible,” 27 voters who say “great,” 26 who say “good,” 24 who say “terrible,” 24 who say “embarrassing” and 23 who say “interesting.”

Of the 43 words used at least five times, 25 words are negative, 10 are positive and 8 words are neutral, such as “interesting” or “different.”

American voters give Trump a negative 36 – 59 percent job approval rating, compared to a negative 36 – 44 percent score in a January 26, 2017, post-inaugural poll. In his first year as president, Trump’s rating ranges from a low negative 33 – 61 percent approval August 2 to a negative 42 – 51 percent score February 7.

“It’s been a very tough Freshman year for President Donald Trump, by any measure,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Considered an intelligent person with a really bad report card, filled with far more ‘F’s’ than ‘A’s’ or ‘B’s’, the president is a long way from the Dean’s list in the eyes of voters.”

President Trump’s grades on most character traits are down significantly since his first post-inaugural poll January 26, 2017, as voters say:

  • 63 – 34 percent that he is not honest;
  • 59 – 39 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
  • 59 – 38 percent, that he does not care about average Americans;
  • 59 – 39 percent that he is a strong person;
  • 65 – 32 percent that he does not share their values.
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