Latest Quinnipiac Poll Shows Shifting Opinion Among Core Trump Support

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

It has apparently been a rough couple of weeks for the president, as he has seen his rating slip with some of his core supporters.

Specifically, Trump has seen a decrease in support numbers among men, white voters, and Republicans, in general.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds that the president has a job approval rating of just 37 percent. Fifty-six percent of respondents disapprove of the job the president is doing.

In a March 7 survey, the president had a job approval rating of 41 percent, compared to 52 percent who disapproved of the president.

To flesh that out, 43 percent of men polled approve of the job Trump is doing. Compare that to the 49 percent polled in early March.

Similarly, 44 percent of white voters now say they approve of President Trump’s performance, as opposed to the 49 percent polled last.

Slightly more than 80 percent of Republicans now approve of the job the president is doing, down from 91 percent in the March 7 survey.

It’s very early in Trump’s presidency and he has plenty of time and opportunity to improve on those numbers.

Let’s face it: He didn’t have the smoothest start, and optics matter a great deal, when it comes to turning public opinion.

Other factors on the poll, however, will require he actually put some effort into his public appeal.

The poll also found that 60 percent of voters think the president is not honest and 55 percent think he doesn’t have good leadership skills.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents believe the president doesn’t care about average Americans, according to the poll. A majority of voters believe the president is a strong person and is intelligent.

So he’s intelligent enough, but he has a problem with ethics.

Nearly three-quarters of voters think the president and his administration make statements “very often” or “somewhat often” without evidence to support them.

We can write that one off to his early morning tweetstorms. They’re hurting him in the court of public opinion, except among his most faithful.

This latest poll was conducted between March 16 and March 21, with 1,056 voters. It has a plus/minus margin of error of 3 points.