President Donald Trump did something illegal in his relationship with Russia, 31 percent of American voters say, while another 29 percent say he did something unethical, but not illegal, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released the day before former FBI Director James Comey told a congressional panel the man is a liar.
Only 32 percent of voters said they believe the president did nothing wrong.
President Trump’s campaign advisors did something illegal in dealing with Russia, 40 percent of voters say, as 25 percent say they did something unethical but not illegal and 24 percent say they did nothing wrong.
The president’s job approval rating dips to a new low, a negative 34 – 57 percent, compared to a negative 37 – 55 percent in a May 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, and a negative 35 – 57 percent April 4, his lowest score so far.
Trump is too friendly to Russia, 54 percent of American voters say, while 3 percent say he is too unfriendly and 38 percent say he has the right attitude. A total of 68 percent of voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about Trump’s relationship with Russia.
Russia is an adversary, 45 percent of voters say, while 8 percent say it is an ally.
Voters approve 73 – 15 percent of the appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible links or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“There is zero good news for President Donald Trump in this survey, just a continual slide into a chasm of doubt about his policies and his very fitness to serve,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“If this were a prize fight, some in his corner might be thinking about throwing in the towel. This is counter puncher Donald Trump’s pivotal moment to get up off the mat.
“With a third of the members of his own party questioning his level headedness, this is clearly the moment the president needs to steady the ship.”
American voters say 68 – 29 percent that President Trump is not level-headed, his worst grade on that quality. Republicans say 64 – 32 percent he is level-headed. Voter opinions of most other Trump qualities are negative:
- 59 – 36 percent that he is not honest;
- 58 – 39 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
- 58 – 40 percent that he does not care about average Americans;
- 62 – 35 percent that he is a strong person;
- 57 – 40 percent that he is intelligent;
- 64 – 33 percent that he does not share their values.
American voters disapprove 62 – 32 percent of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Accord. Republicans are the only listed group to approve, 72 – 20 percent.
A total of 76 percent of voters are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about climate change and 65 percent say the U.S. needs to do more to address climate change.
America can fight climate change and protect jobs at the same time, 73 percent of American voters, including 62 percent of Republicans, say.
Voters disapprove 63 – 30 percent of Trump’s handling of the environment. His approval ratings on handling other issues are:
- Disapprove 53 – 39 percent of the way he is handling the economy, a new low;
- 46 percent approve of the way he is handling terrorism and 48 percent disapprove;
- Disapprove 60 – 37 percent of the way he is handling immigration.
Trump has changed American attitudes towards the media “for the worse,” 52 percent of voters say, while 22 percent say he has changed attitudes “for the better.” Only 10 percent of voters are “enthusiastic” about the media, while 30 percent are “satisfied.” Another 33 percent are “dissatisfied” and 26 percent of voters, including 46 percent of Republicans, are “angry.”
From May 31 – June 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,361 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.
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