aside Trump’s CNN latest Polls Are Lowest Yet In First 200 Days

R.J. Matson / Roll Call

According to CNN’s most recent polls, it looks like the republican President Donald Trump’s base is now at about 34% and this does represent a downward trend. The poll indicates that 34% say they are proud to have him as president.

Here’s the rest of the story…

“On August 8, 2017, Jennifer Agiesta of CNN penned the following poll results report, “Trump at 200 days: Declining approval amid widespread mistrust.”


“Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can’t trust most of what they hear from the White House.”

“Overall, 38% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency,  according to a new CNN pollconducted by SSRS, with 56% saying they disapprove. Just one other newly-elected president has held an approval rating below 50% at this point in his presidency since modern polling began: Bill Clinton, whose approval rating stood at 44% at this point in 1993.
Enthusiasm breaks against Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. Nearly half in the new poll say they strongly disapprove of Trump’s handling of the job (47%), while just a quarter say they feel strongly positive about Trump’s performance (24%).”
Randall Enos / Cagle Cartoons
“The numbers have soured in recent months, particularly among Trump’s core supporters. Among Republicans, strong approval has dropped from 73% in February to 59% now. Among whites who do not have college degrees, a core component of Trump’s base, just 35% strongly approve, down 12 points since February. At the same time, strong disapproval among Democrats has held steady around 80%.”
“On top issues, Trump’s approval ratings largely tilt negative. And perceptions of the President as someone who will bring change are fading. Just 43% say Trump can “bring the kind of change the country needs,” down from 48% in April, and the share who say he “can manage the government effectively” now stands at 39%, down from 44% in April.”
Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune
“The poll finds widespread doubts about the veracity of information coming from the White House. Only a quarter of Americans (24%) say they trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House, while more (30%) say they trust “nothing at all” that they hear from the President’s office. (Even among Republicans, only about half say they can trust most of what they hear from the White House.)”
“Trump’s acumen as a manager and ability to bring change were the brightest spots for the President in polling conducted before he took office. But cracks in Trump’s base of support are evident in the results on those questions now.”
Nick Anderson / Hearst papers
“Among Republicans and independents who lean Republican, the share saying Trump can manage the government effectively has dipped 10 points since April’s CNN/ORC poll. Among whites without a college degree, just 50% see Trump as an effective manager. Those non-college whites are also less likely to see Trump as a change agent, 58% say so now, down from 64% in April.
“Still, these tepid ratings come even as most Americans feel things in the country are going well (53% say so), a number that’s held roughly steady since April.”
Daryl Cagle /
“That positive feeling hasn’t boosted Trump’s ratings on the issues, however. He gets a mixed 48% approve to 47% disapprove rating on national security, and Americans are also divided on his handling of the economy (47% disapprove to 45% approve).”
“On just about every other issue tested, majorities disapprove of Trump’s work, including on health care policy (62%), foreign affairs (61%), immigration (55%) and helping the middle class (54%). Nearly half (48%) disapprove of his handling of taxes while just 34% approve.”
Dana Summers was the editorial cartoonist for The Orlando Sentinel for 30 years and held similar roles at newspapers in Dayton, Ohio, and Fayetteville, North Carolina. “Looking back over the first 200 days of Trump’s time in office, just 36% say they consider it a success, and 59% consider it a failure. Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were viewed as successful at this stage of their presidency by most Americans (56% for Bush, 51% for Obama).”
“Further, 62% overall say that Trump’s statements and actions since taking office have made them less confident in his ability to be president. Half of whites without college degrees share that view.”
“The day-to-day operations of the executive branch appear to be chipping away at confidence in Trump and his management style. Most Americans (59%) say Trump hasn’t paid enough attention to the country’s most important problems. About the same number say his management style and the high rate of turnover in the West Wing hurts the administration’s ability to be effective (58%). Slightly more say Trump has done a poor job assembling a team of top advisers to work in the White House (62%, up from 56% saying so in April).”
Cintia Bolio lives in Mexico City and is a self-taught artist, feminist and mother. This year she celebrates 21 years of work.
“Personal praise for the President is scarce, just 30% say they admire the President, and 34% say they are proud to have him as president. A majority (55%) say he has lowered the stature of the office of the president. Six in 10 don’t consider Trump honest and trustworthy.”
“Looking more deeply at Trump’s tweets: About 7 in 10 agree with the President’s assessment that they allow him to communicate directly with his supporters without a media filter, but fewer see other positives in his use of the social media service.”
“A majority (52%) say his tweets are not an effective way for him to share his views on important issues, and 72% say they do not send the right message to other world leaders.”
Robert Ariail is a cartoonist for The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.
“Seven in 10 say they too often seem to be in response to TV news the President may have seen, and 71% that they are a risky way for a president to communicate. Six in 10 say they are easy to misunderstand, 63% that they too often turn out to be misleading.”
“The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone August 3 through 6 among a random national sample of 1,018 adults. The margin of sampling error for results among the full sample is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.”


  1. This news does not surprise me …. the only thing that really surprises me is that it has taken this long! On a personal note, I was texting with a republican friend last night, and I made some snarky remark about him being a republican. His response: “Bite your tongue … I do not claim them anymore!” I was so shocked, as he has been a hardcore republican for the 20+ years I’ve known him!

    On a side note, you always have the best cartoons! 🙂


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    • Dear Jill,

      If there is one good thing that I can say about DDT, is that he has provided full employment for cartoonists. They will never run out of good material to use.

      I am hearing worry from those who I know voted for DDT but they have yet to jump ship.

      But what is important is that his support with the base is dwindling. But then this is why he has acted to ban transgender folks from serving in the military and why his AG is cracking down on “sanctuary cities.” He will do anything to keep his base numbers up.

      Eventually his base will end up being around 24% where his power will be greatly diminished.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Yes, cartoonists and lawyers must surely be fully employed these days!

        I surely would love to see his base drop below 30%. However, he seems to act more erratic the worse things get, and I just wonder, once he realized his popularity had declined to that extent, what he would do then. I still think it is time to invoke the 25th amendment … I honestly DO think he is mentally unstable … very much so, in fact.

        Hugs, my friend!!!

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  2. Gronda, when the economy begins to retreat in the face of protective trade, retrenching, less travel to our country, less immigration, the bloom will fall off the rose even more. Obama passed the reins on a percolating economy, but truth be told Presidents get too much credit and blame for the economy. Yet, they can provide headwind or tailwinds. I will say Trump has reduced some regulations which provide some tailwind, but he went too far on several and has offered up more headwinds that will show up later. If he does more to hurt the ACA, he will add further headwinds. Keith

    Most of his actions help bosses, not workers. The tax proposal is an exemplar of this modus operandi.

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    • Dear Keith,

      If the republican tax reform bill is anything like their failed healthcare bills, the republican party is doomed. This means that they will be very motivated to pass something. It better not be a bill that is heavy with tax cuts for the rich.

      Hugs, Gronda


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