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Q-Poll: Trump Re-Election Campaign Starts 'on Shaky Ground'

May 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
Donald Trump, Joe Biden
Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Good feelings on the economy apparently aren't helping President Donald Trump. According to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden is the only presidential contender in either party getting a positive score from voters.

Nevertheless, the nation's economy is "excellent," 22 percent of American voters say in the poll, the highest "excellent" rating for the economy. Another 49 percent of voters say the economy is "good." The total 71 percent for "excellent" and "good" is the highest total number for American voter attitudes on the economy in almost 18 years. 

Some 52 percent of American voters say they are better off financially today than they were in 2016, while 21 percent say they are worse off and 23 percent say they are the same. 

But American voters give President Trump a negative 38-57 percent approval rating, compared to a negative 41-55 percent approval in a May 2 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll. 

American voters give Trump mixed grades for his handling of the economy as 48 percent approve and 45 percent disapprove. He gets negative grades for handling other issues:

  • 37-58 percent for handling foreign policy;

  • 39-53 percent for handling trade;

  • 40-50 percent for handling the nation's policy toward China;

  • 37-47 percent for handling the nation's policy toward Iran.

By 48-40 percent, voters say the president's trade policies are bad for the U.S. economy, and say 44-36 percent that these policies are bad for their personal financial situation. 

"The nation's economy is pretty darn good and President Donald Trump's approval numbers are pretty darn awful," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "So what to make of the good news, bad news mashup and how to correct it? 

"For the moment, the disparity leaves the president on shaky re-election ground." 

President Trump begins his re-election campaign in a deep hole as 54 percent of American voters say they "definitely" will not vote for him, compared to 52 percent in an April 30 Quinnipiac University National Poll. Today, 31 percent say they "definitely" will vote for Trump and 12 percent say they will "consider voting for him." 

Definitely voting for Trump are 76 percent of Republicans, 3 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of independent voters. 

Definitely not voting for Trump are 10 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independent voters. 

American voters give Trump a negative 38-57 percent favorability rating. 

Democratic Candidates 

With a 49-39 percent favorability rating, Biden bests every presidential candidate in the field, in either party. Favorability ratings for other Democrats are negative or mixed:

  • 41-48 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont;

  • 32-41 percent for Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts;

  • 27 percent favorable for Sen. Kamala Harris of California, with 30 percent unfavorable;

  • 20-32 percent for former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas;

  • 23-31 percent for Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey;

  • 23 percent favorable for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, to 19 percent unfavorable;

  • 8-45 percent for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

  • For the other Democratic contenders, the score for those who haven't heard enough about them to form an opinion ranges from 56 percent to 88 percent. 

Biden is the top pick for the party nomination among 35 percent of Democrats or voters leaning Democratic. Sanders has 16 percent, with 13 percent for Warren, 8 percent for Harris and 5 percent for Buttigieg. No other Democrat tops 3 percent, with most less than 1 percent. 

"It's former Vice President Joseph Biden and then there's everyone else, descending from Sen. Bernie Sanders to Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Sen. Kamala Harris to a bunch of people most Democrats have never heard of," Malloy said. 

From May 16-20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points, including the design effect. The survey includes 454 Democrats and Democratic leaners with a margin of error of +/- 5.6 percentage points, including the design effect. 

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than a dozen states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues. 

To see the complete Q-Poll, visit or 


STILL LOL @ ALL SORE LOSER DEMOCRATS. trumplandslidecoming.

At least Trump found something he could spell when he stole it from Reagan, MAGA...

Ya, and Hillary had a 98% likelihood of winning the last election. Bwaaa ha ha ha ha!

To think that this is the party of Ronald Reagan is frightening...


When are the Democrats going to wake up to the fact that no socialist government in history has succeeded for long? Their failure has been caused by many factors, the biggest being the loss of individual personal freedom. Their hatred of Trump has blinded them to all reason and they care little about anything else.

I do not BELIEVE any polls! Let’s face it the media and poll takes are extremely bias! There are really no credible news sources! Journalism and pollsters are simply frauds! Move along, nothing to see here!

Polls are poopy nonsense. Biden won't even defeat Sanders. The left (Democrats do NOT want across-the-aisle bipartisanship candidates).

Anyone who votes for that lying, obstructing, colluding piece of chit needs to have their head examined. I don't care what party you claim to be a member of, a vote for that criminal piece of human garbage is a vote for fraud and filth. If nothing else, vote for a better America. Vote for anyone but Trump.

Mary,Mary quiet contrary we can read how your garden grow?.It's filled with weeds of vitriol.You might try"Tums" for all that acid you just spewed.If President Trump walked on water,your kind would say he couldn't swim.

I'm an Independent you fool, and it is a stupid argument because he is the farthest thing from the only man who ever walked on water. He is an idiot, and apparently so are you for blindly supporting him...

Biden is as you describe, but he isnt loud and proud of extreme liberalism, so he won't win. He is secretly a closet liberal and knows realistically that "moderates" have the only chance.

The silent majority spoke in 2016, and will speak even louder in 2020. The democratic candidates resemble a car full of circus clowns--how many can get out of the car? With all the hatred from the left, of course Trump supporters will be verbally quiet. Come election day, we will speak, and speak loudly.

True. Very true. Nobidy is being fooled by Biden's fake Roll-Up-My-Sleeves Mr. America. Fake idiot Liberal Democrat, just like Obama.

The silent majority spoke in 2018 and even more so in 2020...………….Interesting how you ignore the real facts...……... Chump doesn't stand a chance and neither do many of his party as the stench of Chump covers them and as the polls show...……...…...Just look at the cartoon today to see one example of how incompetent, liar he is as no one believes anything he says anymore, not even repubs.……......….

Too much liberal kool-aid Jerry.

Too much liberal kool-aid Jerry.

Oh boy,.. deja vu ALL OVER AGAIN !.. (Get your "Hillary Crying Towels" cleaned & prepared for 2020, Democrats; your "socialist views" assure a "Trump Second Term"). All "Quinnipiac" has EVER been able to count successfully are Sheep..(as does "St. LEO'S "..! GO TRUMP !

ANY College, or University, that puts forth "polling data" (political or otherwise) is merely spreading "Political Science Class Exercise" results: And we've long learned just how consistently inaccurate those have been (just like the ineffective "Courses" these colleges have been "milking money" from us for teaching our kids "nonsense" for the past four decades...) !

Fact is chump has made many mad as hell for being lied to time and time again......…….They are figuring out what many of us have known about chump for 35 yrs now, it's an incompetent blowhard that for some reason ignorant people voted for...…………..But now thy can no longer claim ignorance as his lies are plain to see every day...……..And such a loser that Canada, Mexico, Korea just walked all over him, giving up little...………..Just enough to stroke his ego and claim he made a great deal that isn't, barely different from the ones before...…...He lost Obamacare and most everything that wasn't automatic like judges...……......Most of his actions are in the courts as illegal and 90% will be reversed for good reasons...………...….And he has broke the law so much with 13 not Mulleur? cases but half are criminal plus tax fraud, emollients, defamation that are state or after he gets thrown out, should go to jail.........We would if we did that much.........…...They should charge him with running a continuing criminal enterprise, RICO at...…………...And before the election everyone will know what a corrupt immoral person he is as the facts come out.

OMG you are as out of control as most leftist. Disrespectful to President Trump and anyone else that does not think as you. 2020 will be another total conservative victory because Americans see throigh your hateful rhetoric and 90% media bias. You are Pathetic.

Seriously now folks @SUNSHINE STATE NEWS: Without a named staff member bold enough to attach her/his name to this 'lil bit of "news" reasonable readers must conclude your dishing up a fresh steaming pile of "smelly brown" fake polls and fake news. I can hear your banter now in the newsroom; "No boss I dont want to attach my name to this "smelly brown" said Kevin Dara Nancy and all the others in unison". What's wrong with Leslie Weems??? She must be on vaycay or she would have gladly attached her name to this "story". Anyway have a great day new staff member known only as "SUNSHINE STATE NEWS"...........YEAH!!!

Could the multi-millionaires and billionaires who have and are funding the Trump campaign as dumb as the turkeys in the field who actually voted for Trump? Must be if they're going to fund his campaign again!

I would rather be a Turkey than a Stupid LIBTURD !!!!!!!!!!

You can't soar with the eagles if you're satisfied surrounding yourself with turkeys.

Lib Turds can't fly. Don't mistake yourself for an Eagle.

Is this the same Q poll that said Hillary would beat Trump??? :) :) Yeah, that scares me. :) Go Trump 2020!!!

Yup! "Go, Trump!". Right back to New York where you came from and where the state's attorney general is going send your sorry *** up the river on dozens of state charges! As Bill Cosby was to Pennsylvania, you will be to New York!

Nobody in their right mind is going to vote for that lying idiot. What they don't tell you about the economy is there was an $800 billion deficit last year and projected to be a $1.27 Trillion record breaking deficit this year thanks to the dumbo occupying the space in the WH. Choose anyone but that fool...

Hey @TheRealDumbo, Only CONGRESS can appropriate & spend money. You sound like an azzclown. Get an edumacation or two.


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