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You Are Not Going to Believe This... Or Maybe You Will—Poll: The First Word That Comes to Mind When We Think of Trump Is...

According to a new survey, when most Americans are asked to describe him, they aren't thinking "president."

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According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to a near-record low of 36 percent. On top of that, 61 percent of those polled said he was not honest, 56 percent of the respondents said he lacked leadership skills and 66 percent expressed that he wasn’t level-headed.

But it was a data set nestled in the middle of the poll that achieves a certain kind of beauty. Question 9 of the poll asked, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump?”

The word “idiot” was repeated 39 times, more so than any other. The second most cited word? “Incompetent.” In third place? “Liar.”

Other crowd favorites included “disaster,” “bigot,” “narcissist,” “racist,” and almost charmingly, “buffoon.” When asked by Quinnipiac’s pollsters, 13 respondents said they thought the commander in chief of the United States of America was an “asshole.”

Of the 46 words listed (uttered by five or more people) only 4 were positive (“good,” “great,” “smart” and “strong”). All other words published were either negative or neutrally factual (“president,” “American,” etc.)

The poll also provides some insight into how the American people view the relationship between Trump and the media. While 58 percent of respondents said they don’t like way the media talks about Trump, 65 percent said they don’t like the way Trump talks about the media. In fact, 57 percent of respondents said that they’re more likely to believe what the media tells them than what Trump says.

Given that, it’s little surprise that 58 percent of those polled considered the president’s first 100 days to be “mainly a failure.” (Only 38 percent called it “mainly a success.”)

When asked about what could have been, 41 percent said that the country would be in a better place had the Democrats taken the Senate in the 2016 election. Fifty-four percent of respondents wanted the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“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,” he added.


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