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LUNCHTIME POLITICS: Mulvaney Rating – Institutional Confidence – Measuring Trump’s Traits

Your Daily Polling Update for Monday, October 28


Same as Friday

RON’S COMMENT: Today’s average is based on six polls, ranging from 38% (Quinnipiac) to 43% (Rasmussen, The Economist, Emerson). The other two polls average 41%…. President Trump’s disapproval rating averages 54% today (same as Friday), which is 12 points higher than his approval rating.


Among voters nationwide

Sincerity: Do you think Donald Trump…

Says what he believes: 55%
Says what he thinks people want to hear: 36%

Cares: How much do you think Donald Trump cares about the needs and problems of people like you?

A lot/some: 42%
Not much/not at all: 55%

Likability: Regardless of whether you agree with him, do you like or dislike Donald Trump as a person?

Like: 33%
Neither like nor dislike: 11%
Dislike: 53%

Strength: Would you say Donald Trump is a strong or a weak leader?

Strong: 48%
Weak: 52%

Trustworthy: Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy, or not?

Honest and trustworthy: 35%
Not honest and trustworthy: 56%

Temperament: Do you think Donald Trump has the temperament to be the President?

Yes: 38%
No: 56%

Judgment: Do you think Donald Trump exercises mostly good or mostly bad judgment?

Mostly good judgment: 37%
Mostly bad judgment: 53%

RON’S COMMENT: Trump does best on saying what he believes and strong leadership. Only a third of the electorate say they like him––including 7% of Democrats, 25% of independents and 67% of Republicans. Also, 13% of Republicans say they dislike Trump and another 17% say they neither like nor dislike him.


Among adults nationwide

How much confidence do you, yourself, have in each one of the following institutions in American society?

% = A great deal + Quite a lot
The CIA: 36%
The FBI: 39%
U.S. Foreign Service (U.S. Ambassadors, diplomats): 29%
The military: 65%

RON’S COMMENT: While confidence in the US military remains high, the FBI, CIA and Foreign Service fail to elicit confidence from even 40% of the nation. There is a partisan divide: 55% of Democrats have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the CIA compared to 34% of Republicans. 52% of Democrats have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the FBI compared to 36% of Republicans.


Among voters nationwide

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mick Mulvaney is handling his job as White House Chief of Staff?

Approve: 28%
Disapprove: 40%

RON’S COMMENT: 10% of Democrats approve of Mulvaney, compared to 47% of Republicans.


Presidential job rating average based on recent nationwide polls.
INSTITUTIONS: The Economist/YouGov, Oct. 13–15

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