By Kevin Bailey
In a new poll commissioned by ABC News and the Washington Post, seventy percent of Americans think Donald Trump’s actions since assuming the office of President of the United States have not, in fact, been presidential. The poll also found that 68 percent do not believe Trump is a good role model. Additionally, a clear majority of respondents (57%) say the more they learn about Trump, the less they like him, while fifty six percent believe Trump’s behavior is “damaging to the presidency.”
In the poll, Trump’s tweets also caused people to worry, as just over two-thirds of respondents (67%) disapprove of his constant use of Twitter to attack the media, his political opponents, and retweet Fox News. In addition, almost seventy percent of people surveyed described his Twitter usage as inappropriate and just over half described Trump’s use of Twitter as dangerous.
The poll also showed Trump with a historically low approval rating of 36%, which stands as the lowest at the six-month for any president in the last 70 years, since modern polling began. By way of comparison, Gerald Ford (who, prior to Trump, had been the most unpopular president at this point in a presidency) had just pardoned the previously most criminally corrupt president in American history, but was only at -6% at the same point in his presidency. And George W. Bush, who had just emerged from a bitter post-election legal battle, was at +19% at the same point in his presidency.
Even still, Trump blasted the poll—ironically enough given public perception, on his Twitter account) claiming the ABC News/Washington Post poll had been “the most inaccurate poll” during the election. This claim, however, was a lie, as the poll showed Hillary Clinton leading nationally by 3%, and she won the national popular vote by 2.1%.
The ABC/Washington Post poll was comprised of 1,001 Americans, who were contacted by phone from July 10-13. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points.