Donald Trump traveled to Reno, Nevada on Wednesday to deliver a speech to the American Legion. The theme was supposed to be centered on his newfound desire to unite the nation. "It is time to heal the wounds that have divided us," he lied. "And to seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us. We are one people, with one home, and one flag." But that's a long reach for the person most responsible for dividing the nation and spreading hate.
That perception of Trump's divisiveness was confirmed in a new poll by Quinnipiac University. The survey revealed that the nation regards Trump as contributing to the great divide by a factor of two-to-one:
"President Donald Trump is doing more to divide the country, 62 percent of voters say, while 31 percent say he is doing more to unite the country, his worst score on this question, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today."
That was only the beginning of the bad news for Trump in this poll. On nearly every question he fared poorly in the view of the American people. His approval rating dipped to a low of thirty-five percent. Fifty-nine percent say that his decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups. Sixty-five percent say that the level of hatred and prejudice in the U.S. has increased. American voters disapprove 60-32 percent of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville. And despite Trump's "all sides" are evil rhetoric, sixty-four percent of voters say that it's white supremacist groups that pose a threat to the U.S.
On questions of presidential morality, Trump takes a serious beating. Sixty-two percent say that Trump does not provide the U.S. with moral leadership. And breaking that down into specifics only makes it worse:
- 61-36 percent say that he is not honest;
- 61-37 percent say that he does not have good leadership skills;
- 57-40 percent say that he does not care about average Americans;
- 68-29 percent say that he is not level headed;
- 59-38 percent say that he is a strong person;
- 55-43 percent say that he is intelligent;
- 63-34 percent say that he does not share their values.
An astonishing sixty-nine percent of voters think Trump should stop tweeting. And although fifty-five percent say they disapprove of the way the news media covers him, sixty-two percent disapprove of the way he talks about the media. More damaging from Trump's perspective is that fifty-four percent of voters trust the media "to tell you the truth about important issues" than trust the President to do so.
This is a catastrophic survey for a President still only seven months into his term. It paints a dark picture of a nation deeply dissatisfied with their national leader. And Trump has both political and legal hurdles before him that are likely to cause him to stumble. Consequently, numbers like these give license to his own party to step away as he continues to fall into the abyss. It's just a matter of time.