Presidential poll taken by Mercyhurst University students

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Mercyhurst University conducted a poll of registered voters in Erie, County; see what they had to say…

A little over nine months ago, famous business leader and reality TV star, Donald Trump, was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  Since then, he has had mixed reviews on his performance, but what do Erie County voters think?  Mercyhurst students decided to find out.

It turns out that voters in Erie County give the president poor marks on his job performance.  The poll released Monday by the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics showed that only 32% of voters approve of his performance to date, while 55% disapprove.  Students interviewed 409 Erie County voters between October 16th and October 24th; this was the second poll the group performed.  The first poll, conducted in February concluded that 41% approved and 49% disapproved.  

“It would appear that Erie county voters are anything but pleased with Donald Trump’s job performance and this should be of serious concern for the President,” said MCAP Director Joseph Morris.  “If what voters are thinking here in Erie County is similar to what’s going on in the minds of voters in other counties in the Rust Belt, the president has reason to be seriously concerned.  To the extent that Erie is a microcosm of the Rust Belt, the president may need to rethink his priorities.”

According to their findings, “nearly two-thirds of voters (64%) say the nation is… on the wrong track” while 29% say it is heading the right direction.  And, “majorities of voters disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling 11 of 14 issues facing the nation”.

The results did show some improvement, though.  Trump’s “handling of health care… has increased by 11 points, America’s infrastructure by 13 points, illegal drugs by 12 points, and gun violence by 19 points”.

And, it looks like voters are even more unhappy with congressional performance.  68% of poll-takers say they are unhappy with Congress vs. 27% who have a positive perception of the House/Senate.  These numbers have not made a marked change since the first poll in February.

After asking poll-takers if they trusted the media to report the news “fully, accurately, and fairly,” 56% of voters say they have “‘not much’ trust or ‘none at all’ in the veracity of news reporting,” which was up three points since the first poll.  “At the same time,” they report, “a majority see the president’s criticism of the news media as unfair and unjustified.”

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