Trump team gets low ratings from public: poll

Trump team gets low ratings from public: poll
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE’s top appointees received tough ratings from the public in a new CNN poll.

Half of the people polled said Trump’s appointments are less qualified than the officials who previously held their positions, compared to just 24 percent who said they were more qualified.

Forty percent of people said Trump’s appointments are more likely to misuse taxpayer money, compared to 33 percent who said they were less likely than previous appointees to misuse taxpayer money.

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More than half of people said the Trump team is less likely to understand the problems of ordinary Americans and 48 percent believe that they are more likely to use their positions for personal gain.

People were split on whether Trump’s team provides a “fresh perspective” and whether they would cut government spending and the bureaucracy.

The poll follows a number of personnel changes in the Trump administration. Trump’s top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnGary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Trump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs MORE resigned earlier this month, and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE was fired shortly after.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster will step down next month and be replaced by John Bolton.

In recent weeks, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE has faced criticism for his department's order of $31,000 dining room set — although Carson claims he wasn't aware of the order. Other Cabinet officials have been criticized for their flight expenses.

The poll of 1,014 people, conducted March 22-25, has a 3.7 point margin of error.