American voters, who gave President Donald Trump a slight approval bump after the missile strike in Syria, are now giving him near-record negative job approval ratings, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday.
"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The job approval number now stands at 36 percent vs. 58 percent, according to the Q Poll released, with big losses among white voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters. This poll was completed before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, a move that is drawing more criticism.
"The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump's first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump's honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can't brush away," Malloy added.
The newest job approval rating compares to a negative 40 percent vs. 56 percent approval rating in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University and a negative 35 percent vs. 57 percent score April 4, Trump's lowest approval rating since he became president.
The president is losing support among independent voters and groups that are important parts of his base. Approval ratings are:
- Negative 29 percent vs. 63 percent among independent voters, down from a negative 38 percent vs. 56 percent April 19;
- A split among white voters with no college degree, as 47 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove, compared to a 57 percent vs. 38 percent approval April 19;
- White men go from a 53 percent vs. 41 percent approval April 19 to a split today with 48 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.
American voters' opinions of several of Trump's personal qualities are down:
- 61 percent vs. 33 percent that he is not honest, compared to 58 percent vs. 37 percent back on April 19;
- 56 percent vs. 41 percent that he does not have good leadership skills, little change;
- 59 percent vs. 38 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 57 percent vs. 42 percent April 19;
- 66 percent vs. 29 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 63 percent vs. 33 percent last month;
- 62 percent vs. 35 percent that he is a strong person, little change;
- 56 percent vs. 41 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 58 percent vs. 38 percent;
- 64 percent vs. 32 percent that he does not share their values, compared to 61 percent vs. 35 percent.
In other categories, American voters disapprove 52 percent vs. 40 percent of the way Trump is handling the economy. His grades on handling other issues are:
- 44 percent approve of the way he is handling U.S. policy toward North Korea and 48 percent disapprove;
- Disapprove 59 percent vs. 36 percent of the way he is handling foreign policy;
- 45 percent approve of the way he is handling terrorism and 48 percent disapprove;
- Disapprove 62 percent vs. 35 percent of the way he is handling immigration.
Trump's first 100 days in office have been "mainly a failure," 58 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say they have been "mainly a success."
From May 4 to 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide with a margin of error of percentage points.