Poll: Trump’s ratings on honesty, intelligence decline
President Trump’s ratings on character traits such as honesty and intelligence from voters have declined to their lowest since November 2016, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
Trump got “his lowest grade for honesty since he was elected,” and also received the lowest rating since November 2016 on a question about the president’s intelligence, according to the poll.
The poll was conducted after an anonymous op-ed from a senior administration official and a book from journalist Bob Woodward revealed a White House in turmoil.
The poll showed 51 percent of voters responding “yes” when asked “Would you say that Donald Trump is intelligent, or not?,” while 42 percent answered “no.”
That was Trump’s lowest rating for this question since Quinnipiac started asking it after the 2016 election, and was down from 57 percent in July. In November 2016, 74 percent of respondents answered “yes” to the question.
The poll also showed that 32 percent of those surveyed answered “yes” to the question, “Would you say that Donald Trump is honest, or not?”, the lowest since November 2016, and down from 38 percent in July.
The Quinnipiac poll also surveyed voters about their views on other traits such as whether President Trump is “level-headed” and “strong.”
The new poll was conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9, surveying 1,038 voters. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
The poll was conducted in the days after the first excerpts were published from veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, which portrays Trump’s White House as an operation filled with chaos, dysfunction and personal attacks among staff.
It also comes after The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous senior administration official who described a network of his staffers working from within the administration to “frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
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