On Sunday, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll put President Trump’s six-month approval rating at a historic 70-year low amid mounting controversy over his administration’s ties with Russia. Late last week, Gallup released a poll showing that most Americans who disapprove of Trump blame the president’s personality and character, rather than specific issues and policies. That’s in stark contrast to Barack Obama whose disapprovers primarily blamed his policies and stances on specific issues when the same research was conducted back in 2009. When it comes to approval, Americans aren’t as specific, broadly giving the thumbs up to Trump’s general performance, policies and personality.
Broken down more specifically, 29 percent of disapprovers mentioned that Trump is either not presidential, has a bad temperament, is arrogant or obnoxious. 10 percent said that he’s inexperienced or doesn’t know what he’s doing while 7 percent disagree with what he’s doing or think he’s doing a poor job. Among people who approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, 12 percent mentioned that he is doing a good job or the best he can under difficult circumstances. 11 percent said that he is keeping his promises while 10 percent think he is doing what’s best for America.
Gallup reports that the results of the poll make it abundantly clear that the president’s unique, unconventional style and non-normative pattern of White House behavior are driving his high disapproval ratings, rather than discontent with his policies and stances. Trump is highly unlikely to change his behavior or style, meaning it’s also unlikely that his detractors will change their minds about him, unless he enjoys some major successes that overshadow his behavior.