A majority of Americans doubt President Donald Trump’s honesty, view him as a weak leader and don’t want him to run again — but Republican lawmakers say he isn’t a drag on their agenda and predict he will be a formidable candidate in 2020.
Fifty-six percent of those surveyed in the latest Economist-YouGov web-based survey are so put off by the chief executive they want him to opt against a re-election bid. The results are not kind to Trump, with 54 percent saying they either somewhat or strongly disapprove of how the president is doing his job; 39 percent approve.
When asked if they view Trump as “not honest and trustworthy,” 53 percent agreed with that assessment. Just 30 percent agreed with an assessment that the president is “honest and trustworthy.” Before the 2016 election, many political experts predicted concerns about his temperament might sink his candidacy; nine months into his term, 56 percent doubt he has the right disposition for the country’s highest office (31 percent think he does).
Trump’s negatives are at or above 40 percent on key issues like voters’ views of his honesty, experience, sincerity and ability to inspire. And only about a third of those surveyed (37 percent) view him as effective at this point in his presidency. The survey polled 1,500 people from Oct. 1-3, and has a 3-point error margin.
On the important issue of Trump as a leader, more than half, 54 percent, see Trump as “somewhat weak” or “very weak.” But 46 percent view him as a “very strong” or “somewhat strong” leader.