Half of those who voted for President Trump in the 2016 election falsely believe he won the nation's popular vote, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday reveals.
Among all voters, 59 percent correctly say Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but only 40 percent of Trump voters agree. Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump, who claims without evidence that 3 to 5 million votes for Clinton were fraudulent.
Trump voters are not the only ones to be conveniently misinformed, the survey results show. Though they are more likely to have correct knowledge of the 2016 results, nearly a quarter of Clinton voters — 22 percent — say she won the Electoral College vote. In reality, Trump won with 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 227; that is why he is president. Bonnie Kristian
Americans are evenly divided over whether President Trump should be impeached, USA Today/iMediaEthics poll results released Monday reveal. While 42 percent believe impeachment is appropriate, exactly 42 percent say it isn't. In another even split, the same survey found 34 percent of Americans would be upset about such an impeachment, and another 34 percent would not.
Though impeachment does not necessarily entail removal from office, as in the case of former President Bill Clinton, more than a third of those surveyed — 36 percent — said they think it likely or certain Trump will not complete his first term. There, as with the impeachment questions, partisanship is amply evident: Just 1 in 10 Republicans doubt Trump will finish out the first four years.
After sorting poll respondents into two categories — the 36 percent of Americans who approve of President Trump and the 58 percent who don't — the Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday asked them to get specific: What is it you most like (for the approvers) or dislike (for the disapprovers) about the Trump presidency?
The 58 percent who disapprove apparently had trouble choosing. In first place with 13 percent is "everything," which is matched only by the "way he talks/acts," an answer almost as all-encompassing.
The approvers offered more narrow responses — "strong leadership," "speaking his mind," foreign policy, and jobs — but 9 percent also answered "everything." Perhaps notably, the top three answers for each group were not policy-specific. Bonnie Kristian
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday sees President Trump's approval rating at a historic low as he reaches the half-year mark in his presidency. Just 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, which is 6 percent lower than his approval rating at the 100-day point. Trump's disapproval rating is 58 percent. The president tweeted this comment on the poll Sunday morning:
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both had approval ratings of 59 percent at this stage of their presidencies; the only president to come close to Trump's unpopularity was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent at the six-month mark. Bonnie Kristian
President Trump's approval rating got a slight boost in a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, but the good news stopped there. Though Trump's approval rating is up from 34 percent in a June 7 poll to 40 percent, a majority of voters still said that he doesn't "have good leadership," "care about average Americans," or "share their values," nor is he "honest" or "level-headed." However, a majority of Americans did say they think he is "intelligent" and a "strong person."
Particularly striking is the finding that a majority of Americans believe the president is "abusing the powers of his office." Fifty-two percent of Americans said they believe Trump is abusing his powers, while 46 percent said he is not. "Americans believe FBI Director James Comey was shown the door less for job performance than for the growing storm clouds from the FBI Russian investigation," said Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy.
On top of all of that, even Republicans have finally gotten to the point where they really want Trump to stop tweeting: Quinnipiac reported that "for the first time" since the poll began asking the question, Republicans "want the president to stop tweeting from his personal account, 49-43 percent."
The poll was taken June 22-27 by phone among 1,212 voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Becca Stanek
Americans will never be happy with Washington, D.C., on an aggregate level, new Gallup poll results suggest, because on average, we'd like to assign different policy arenas to different parties.
On most social and domestic issues, the average American wants Democrats to take the lead. For environmental policy, health care, and education, for example, Americans have a double-digit preference for Democrats. Republicans, meanwhile, score best on handling stuff like foreign policy, immigration, and the economy.
The trouble with this split is twofold: First, it results in the aforementioned average unhappiness, as Washington tends to operate in either gridlock or single-party control, not bipartisan delegation. Second, some of the preferences may not be compatible — like how the average American apparently prefers the lean, limited government Republicans envision while also wanting Democrats' approach to social programs. Bonnie Kristian
Most Republicans are on President Trump's side, a new CBS poll finds, in the public debate and federal investigation over whether Trump or people close to him colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. A majority of GOP respondents indicated they believe Trump's word over that of fired FBI Director James Comey and think the president is handling the Russia issue well.
That support is what makes their opposition to Trump's rumored interest in firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation, so striking: Fully 75 percent of Republicans — barely below the national average of 81 percent — say Trump should not fire Mueller.
Trump has reportedly received the same wise counsel from White House aides who understand the terrible optics of firing a man selected to be an impartial investigator of your own behavior. Read The Week's Simon Maloy here on why those optics may not be enough to stay Trump's hand. Bonnie Kristian
"Certainly, misogyny played a role," Hillary Clinton said in April of her election loss. "I mean, that just has to be admitted. And why and what the underlying reasons were is what I'm trying to parse out myself."
This is a point Clinton has made more than once in recent months, but new analysis published at The Washington Post today suggests voters' attitudes about women may not have affected the election the way she thinks. The report is based on survey data from this past fall in which respondents were asked six questions to gauge their assumptions about women's roles and status in American society — questions about topics like employment, motherhood, and equality.
Participants' answers were used to determine whether they hold progressive or traditionalist views on women. Though men leaned more traditional, progressive views were by far more common, and they strongly corresponded with votes for Clinton. In one sense, the Post report concludes, "Hillary Clinton is correct" because if "fewer voters had held traditionalist attitudes toward women’s roles and statuses, Clinton’s national popular vote total (already a plurality) would have increased." In certain swing states, less traditionalism could have given us a different winner on Election Day.
But in another sense, Clinton's remarks are misleading, because the traditionalists were in the clear minority. In other words, the Post explains, Clinton "had more votes to 'gain' from people with progressive attitudes than she had votes to 'lose' from those with traditionalist views." Bonnie Kristian