Nearly half of Americans say they have no confidence “at all” in President Trump to make the right decisions for the country’s future, according to a new ABC News-Washington Post poll.
The poll, released Monday, found that 48 percent of respondents said they have no confidence “at all” in Trump, with another 16 percent saying they have “just some” confidence in the president.
Slightly more than a third of respondents — 35 percent — said they have confidence in Trump, with 21 percent characterizing it as a “great deal” of confidence.
The new poll shows the highest percentage to date of “none at all” responses to the question, which was also asked twice in 2017.
Respondents did not have any more confidence in lawmakers in either party. Thirty percent of respondents said they have a “great deal” or “good amount” of confidence in the Republicans in Congress, and 34 percent said the same for Democrats.
But the intensity of negative feelings toward both Democrats and Republicans in Congress was less than it was for Trump: Just 30 percent said they have no confidence “at all” in Republicans to make the right decisions for the nation, compared to 29 percent for Democrats.
The poll also found that Trump has not met the public’s expectations on any of the policy issues raised in the poll.
Respondents said that Trump has underperformed compared to his ratings before the inauguration on a range of issues, with the most significant spread appearing on the budget deficit. Half of respondents in Jan. 2017 said they expected Trump to do an “excellent/good job” on the deficit, but just 33 percent in Monday’s poll said he has done so.
The ABC News-Washington Post poll was conducted among 1,001 adults between Jan. 21-24, during the final days of the longest-ever partial government shutdown in U.S. history. The margin of sampling error is 3.5 percentage points.