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Poll: a majority of Americans do not believe Trump is fit to be president

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A majority of American voters do not believe that Donald Trump is fit to serve as president, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University.

The poll found that 56 percent of voters surveyed do not believe Trump is “fit to serve as president,” compared to 42 percent who do think he’s fit to serve. And 57 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president, while only 36 percent of respondents approve. But the party divide is stark: The poll found that 94 percent of Democrats think that Trump is not fit to serve, and 84 percent of Republicans believe he is.

Breakdowns by race and gender were similarly stark. According to the poll, “Men are divided 49 - 49 percent” over Trump’s fitness to serve, but 63 percent of women think he is not fit.

  • Among white voters surveyed, a slim majority believe he is unfit to serve, 50 to 48 percent
  • Most Hispanic voters say he is unfit, 60 to 40 percent
  • Among black voters, he is widely viewed as unfit to serve, 94 to 4 percent

The poll asked about Trump’s handling of race relations as well, and found that the majority of Americans — 62 percent to 32 percent — disapprove of how Trump is handling race relations. “Disapproval is 55 - 39 percent among white voters, 95 - 3 percent among black voters and 66 - 28 percent among Hispanic voters.” It also found that a majority, 60 to 35 percent, say he is doing more to divide the country than to unite it.

The poll, which ran from September 21 to 26 and surveyed 1,412 voters nationwide, also asked voters their views on several of Trump’s qualities:

59 - 37 percent that he is not honest;

60 - 38 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;

56 - 42 percent that he does not care about average Americans;

67 - 30 percent that he is not level headed;

61 - 37 percent that he is a strong person;

55 - 42 percent that he is intelligent;

61 - 36 percent that he does not share their values.

Voters also seem sick of Trump’s tweets. “The anti-Twitter sentiment remains high as voters say 69 - 26 percent that Trump should stop tweeting,” the poll said.