PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks. On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they'd rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump.
That is not the only place where Trump is having a hard time.
For instance the Muslim ban:
66% of Americans consider the United States to be a safe country, to only 23% who consider it unsafe. Perhaps as an outgrowth of that sentiment only 45% of voters support Trump's Executive Order on immigration, to 49% who are opposed to it.
Of course those numbers are higher among Trump voters, who also identify another factor as convincing them of its necessity:
By a 51/23 margin Trump voters say that the Bowling Green Massacre shows why Trump's immigration policy is needed.
Well that certainly explains some things.
Americans are also not terribly thrilled with the people that Trump surrounds himself with:
Betsy DeVos may have been confirmed this week, but she made a horrible impression on the public. Only 27% of voters see her positively to 49% with a negative opinion of her. Clinton voters are almost unanimous in their distaste for her (5/83 favorability), while she doesn't generate nearly an equivalent amount of enthusiasm from Trump voters (53/12 favorability.) Other people close to Trump have come off poorly as well- Steve Bannon has a 22/45 favorability rating, Kellyanne Conway's is 34/47, and Sean Spicer's is 32/41.
They also want to see his taxes:
58% want him to release his tax returns, to just 31% who don't think he needs to. In fact by a 53/32 spread, voters would support a law requiring that candidates for President release 5 years of their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot.
That of course is exactly the opposite of what Trump believes to be true, which of course is in no way unusual.
However with all of this negative news Americans are still a little ambiguous on whether it is time to start talking impeachment yet:
Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week.
Unsurprisingly Clinton voters are far less ambiguous:
While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump's impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that's gone up already to 83/6.
I think I would be more on board with these last respondents if it did not mean facing the reality of four years of a Mike Pence presidency.
All in all this is a very bad poll for Donald Trump.
Which of course means that it has now earned the title of "fake news" within the Trump bubble.