The U.S. government is entering is 32nd day of a partial shutdown. At the same time, the public opinion of President Trump's performance is primarily negative, a recent study by Pew Research Center found out. However, the general view of Trump's handling the national economy remains relatively stable.
According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted Jan. 9-14 among 1,505 participants, the President, welcomes its third year in office with a disapproval rate of 59 percent vs. 35 percent approval.
Nearly 58 percent of the interviewees claimed they believed what Trump said less than previous presidents, up from 54 percent in June and 51 percent in February 2017, shortly after his inauguration.
Furthermore, the public's trust in Trump's ability to deal with significant issues remains mixed. The President scores best on matters related to the economy, where nearly half of the Americans say they trust in his abilities to a certain extent. On the other hand, only about one-third of the respondents were confident in his abilities to work effectively with the Congress.
All in all, 62 percent of the respondents claim they are not too or not all confident in President's ability to work in a team with the Congress. In contrast, only 35 percent say he has their very confidence to do that.
As far as his controversial immigration policy is concerned, 58 percent of the survey participants claim they have little or no trust in President over the immigration policy. Moreover, 45 percent say they do not believe in his abilities to handle the immigration issues.
The survey also touches upon Trump's abilities to discuss trade agreements with third countries, where President scores best. Fifty-one percent of the respondents are somewhat confident he can negotiate beneficial trade agreements. Still, 49 percent of the Americans question their President's potential to make wise decisions for the domestic economy.
The study also found out that 28 percent of the Americans are sure that the President keeps his business interests apart from the decisions he makes in his capacity of President. However, the majority of the respondents, 41 percent, do not think at all that he is doing so.
One thing is clear. The ground below our President is shaky. Whether he will retain his mediocre public approval would depend on his next steps with China. If he starts a trade war and the economy slows down, he could face a real challenge for the Republican nomination.
What about you? Do you trust President Trump?