Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll, said in a statement that the salacious details of the in-house rumbling in the Oval Office make for good reads, but Americans don't like the notion that an anonymous person is going behind the president's back.
The Quinnipiac poll found that 55 percent of Americans believe Trump is not fit to serve as president, while 41 percent said he is capable. Republicans have Trump to thank for that; his approval rating is at a meager 39 percent amongst participants.More news: FEMA administrator's government vehicle use under investigation by DHS inspector general
Some Republican strategists say the president has seen about a 10-point drop in the past two months among independent voters, and they believe it is related to the controversial policy of separating children from parents at the border and the negative reviews of Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Eight polling bodies - ABC News/Washington Post, CNN, Gallup, IBD/TIPP, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Quinnipiac University, Grinnell College/Selzer & Co, and Suffolk University - gave the president an average approval rating of 38 percent, a drop of three points from Trump's previous approval polling average, the Vox website reported Tuesday. Watergate reporter Bob Woodward published a book recently that depicted the current chaos in the White House as well. Some 57% preferred Republican control of Congress, while one-quarter wanted a Democratic-led Congress. "An anemic 38 percent approval rating is compounded by lows on honesty, strength, and intelligence".More news: Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights
Trump's decreasing popularity with voters outside of the Republican Party can have a major effect in the results of the upcoming midterm elections. It may not save the GOP as it tries to hold off an enthusiastic Democratic Party, but the headline economic numbers will at least not create any additional hurdles for the party.
White voters favor Republicans by 48 - 45 percent.More news: UNC Storm Surge Expert Warns Of Potentially 'Catastrophic' Florence
Trump has lashed out at the op-ed writer as "gutless" and a "coward" while the White House has reportedly conducted a search within the administration to root out the writer.
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