A landslide majority of Americans say the nation is at least as divided as during the Vietnam War and that President Donald Trump isn’t helping.


A total of 7 in 10 Americans say the nation’s politics have reached a dangerous low, according to a poll conducted by the University of Maryland for The Washington Post.

This low state of affairs has become the norm, most Americans say.

While 7 in 10 Americans find the Trump presidency to be dysfunctional, 8 in 10 say the same about Congress.

Americans have similarly low opinions about other mainstream institutions, including the media.

The dissatisfaction is broad.

Large numbers of Americans aren’t proud of our democracy these days, including a quarter of Trump supporters.

In a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, a landslide majority agreed with this statement: “I am worried that America is being divided by hate and intolerance.”

That statement drew agreement from 74 percent overall, 82 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of independents and 67 percent of Republicans.


Trump’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest level since taking office, reports a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll.

It’s at 38 percent, down 5 percentage points from September.

The poll showed a drop in support among independents and signs of slippage even among his base.

More Americans want to see Democrats take control of Congress by 48 percent to 41 percent.

Is there any good news for Trump?

Well, the president’s handling of the economy draws approval from 42 percent of Americans — compared to 37 percent who disapprove.

But on foreign policy, Americans are giving Trump need-to-improve marks. Similar results were found in a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Trump has an approval rating lower than any president at this point — 37 percent — in seven decades of polling.

The president’s disapproval rating of 59 percent is the lowest mark in the nine months of his presidency. And a total of 65 percent say he has not accomplished much.

As for Democrats, the public sees them as an opposition party with little to offer.

On four key issues, majorities of Americans give Trump failing grades — the economy, race relations, improving the health care system and terrorism.

The most important sign for any politician involves the opinion of independents. And here Trump has suffered with a 20-point drop in approval from independents on the four key issues.

Of voters who supported neither Trump nor Clinton only 24 percent approve of him.

Here’s how poll takers summed up the findings: “Trump has succeeded in satisfying voters who elected him president but few others.”


Recent elections in Virginia produced some disturbing news for Trump supporters beyond the victories of Democrats.

As Republican strategist Karl Rove wrote in The Wall Street Journal, exit polls showed that only 22 percent of Virginia voters strongly approved of Trump’s job performance.

“The president is spurring Democrats to the voting booth while letting his own base drift away,” Rove wrote.

Rove added that Trump’s unpopularity threatens GOP majorities in Congress.


Support for Trump is declining in counties that voted for him but Democrats so far have not capitalized, reported The Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll.

Disapproval in counties that voted for Trump has reached 50 percent vs. 48 percent who approve.

The pollsters selected counties in 15 battleground states that Trump won 57 percent to 37 percent.

The most popular Democrat is former President Barack Obama followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton — the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nominee —is even less popular now.

TRUMP gets no credit in new poll

Polling from the Rasmussen firm produced some of the closest predictions of a Trump victory in last year’s presidential election.

Here are some Rasmussen polling results:

• A plurality of Americans (41 percent) say the U.S. is winning the war on terror but don’t give Trump credit for it.

A total of 35 percent say that neither side is winning while 17 percent say the terrorists are.

• A total of 52 percent say the U.S. is less safe today than before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A total of 31 percent say we’re safer and 17 percent don’t know.

• A sizable number of Americans (45 percent) view Trump as a third-party president independent of both Republicans and Democrats.

That seems realistic.

Trump is more of a populist with a personal appeal that transcends party.

Nearly as many (43 percent) view Trump as a Republican while just 3 percent think he governs like a Democrat (making it even harder to believe that Trump was actually a registered Democrat at one time).

There’s an opportunity for Democrats in that 43 percent of those polled say their views are more closely aligned with the average congressional Democrat compared to 34 percent who say their views are aligned with Trump’s — and just 14 percent agree with the average Congressional Republican.

This disparity could well explain why congressional Republicans have had such difficulty getting health care replacement.

If Americans are going to lose their health insurance, it’s not going to go well for either Trump or the Republicans in Congress.