Morning Consult: For first 100 days, President Trump gets grade of D or F from more than one-third of voters

The new Morning Consult / Politico poll of 1,992 registered U.S. voters, conducted April 13-15 with a margin of possible error of 2 percent, found 13 percent gave President Donald Trump a D grade and 24 percent gave a grade of F for his overall performance in the first 100 days of his administration.

The survey is somewhat premature: The 100-day mark is reached next week on April 29. In the meantime, President Trump’s performance in the poll is nearly equally split. He received an A grade from 16 percent and a grade of B from 23 percent. The remainder of 17 percent gave a C.

Voters who cast ballots for Trump, the Republican nominee, tended to favor his performance: 32 percent gave a grade of A and 42 percent gave a B. Among voters who chose Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, the grades ran heavily in the opposite direction: 23 percent D and 52 percent F.

You can read the report here.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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