There’s an old axiom in American politics that goes like this: When you’ve lost the trust of the voters, you’re finished.
Based on a recent poll, almost two-thirds of the populace has now lost all faith in Donald Trump, and that doesn’t exactly bode well for a man who will be facing the voters later this year.
According to a new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll, a mere 37 percent of those surveyed say they have a “good amount or a great deal of trust in what they’re hearing from the president.” 60 percent say they have “not very much or no trust at all in what he’s saying.”
Clearly, Trump’s bullshit has caught up with him, and the vast majority of us are now at the point that we don’t believe a word he says. Does that sound like something you’d want to be known for if you’re seeking a second term in office?
Worse still for Trump are the poll numbers regarding his handling of the COVID-19 crisis which has caused the world to grind to a halt, wiping out trillions in stock market earnings and plunging the international economic order into a recession. As Jennifer Rubin notes in The Washington Post:
“The public’s lack of trust is based on Trump’s performance: He has been following, not leading — playing down a risk that others rose to address. Only 46 percent say the federal government is doing enough, a 15-point drop from February. However, ‘Americans have more faith in their local governments … with two-thirds saying their state governments are doing enough.'”
Looking for a ray of hope when it comes to a virus that threatens the safety and security of every American, we’re turning to the leaders who are closer to us at the local and state level, especially those on the front lines such as our emergency management professionals and the brave men and women who staff our hospitals and care for us when we’re at our most vulnerable. We trust them, but we don’t trust Donald Trump. And we don’t trust Trump because we know he’s a liar who is only concerned with how any crisis will impact him and/or his poll numbers.
And the poll numbers are in. They show that Trump is no longer able to lead because he’s perceived as little more than a snake oil salesman pretending to be a national leader.
Based on what this poll tells us, it certainly appears that the end of the Trump presidency arrived shortly after the coronavirus hit our shores. Donald Trump is a miserable failure. The time has arrived to find someone who will actually lead our country.