Trump lacks the temperament to be US president, majority say in poll

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A new YouGov/Economist suggests that most Americans feel that Donald Trump does not have the temperament to be US president.

The new poll was conducted between the 20th and 22nd August 2017, and asked 1,500 US adults for their views on a variety of political issues.

A striking total of 53% said they did not think that the incumbent US president has the temperament to do the job he was elected to do by the American people. In contrast, 32% said they think he does have the temperament.

Just 2% of those who voted for Clinton in 2016 said he had the temperament to become president while the figure stood at 70% for Trump voters.

On top of this, 56% of poll respondents said that Trump does not have the experience to do the job while 30% disagreed.

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Furthermore, only 34% said that Trump was qualified to be president compared to the 53% who said he was unqualified.

When these figures are compared to those for the same questions asked back in January when Trump first became president, there is a slight difference. The first YouGov/Economist poll to ask this in Trump's presidency, conducted between the 20th and 23rd January, found that 47% of Americans thought that Donald Trump did not have the temperament to be US president, well ahead of the 36% in disagreement.

A total of 42% said he was qualified to be president compared to 45% who said he was unqualified. Additionally, 48% said he was too inexperienced whereas just 37% said he had enough experience.

Donald Trump’s approval ratings are plummeting, and these ratings about his ability to do America’s top job are a part of that story. That all said, Trump is a man who defies expectations. For any other president, these ratings could mean the end, but for Donald Trump, anything is possible.