April 10, 2018 - U.S. Voters Say 5-1, Don't Fire Special Counsel, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Trump Approval Tops 40% For First Time In A Year Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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President Donald Trump should not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, American voters say 69 - 13 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Even Republicans say 55 - 22 percent that President Trump should not fire Mueller.

American voters say 52 - 32 percent that Mueller is conducting a "fair" investigation, the lowest level of support for Mueller since the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll first asked this question in November. Republicans say 54 - 30 percent the investigation is not fair. Every other party, gender, education, age and racial group says the investigation is fair.

Voters believe 58 - 14 percent that President Trump had an extramarital affair in 2006 with an actress known as Stormy Daniels. Republicans are divided 32 - 32 percent, with 36 percent undecided. Every other group believes there was an affair.

But voters say 73 - 23 percent that this alleged affair is not an important issue.

Voters also believe 59 - 24 percent that Trump knew his lawyer paid $130,000 right before the 2016 presidential election to secure Daniels' silence about this alleged affair.

Again, voters say 59 - 38 percent that Trump's possible knowledge of the payoff is not an important issue.

There is only the smallest of gender gaps on these questions.

"American voters in huge numbers, including a majority of Republicans, tell President Donald Trump: Keep your hands off Special Counsel Robert Mueller," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Yes he did it. No we don't care. A big yawn from voters on Stormy Daniels, President Trump and the payoff."

More American voters back mainstream media as 49 percent say journalists at major news organizations "report stories about President Trump to the best of their knowledge," while 41 percent say journalists "make up negative stories about President Trump."

There are wide party, gender and racial gaps on this question:
  • Republicans say 80 - 12 percent that journalists make up stories. Democrats back journalists 89 - 6 percent and independent voters are divided as 46 percent say journalists report to the best of their knowledge and 43 percent say they make up stories.
  • Men are divided 46 - 45 percent while women side with journalists 54 - 37 percent;
  • White voters are divided 47 - 45 percent as black voters side with journalists 79 - 7 percent and Hispanic voters back journalists 56 - 36 percent.
American voters say 67 - 27 percent that Trump should stop tweeting from his personal account. Republicans are divided as 49 percent say Trump should keep tweeting and 45 percent say he should stop. Every other group says by wide margins, the president should stop tweeting. Voters 18 to 34 years old say 70 - 26 percent that Trump should stop tweeting.

Trump Job Approval

Trump gets a negative 41 - 52 percent job approval rating, the first time his approval rating has topped 40 percent since an identical 41 - 52 percent score in a March 7, 2017 Quinnipiac University National Poll.

American voters give Trump a split 47 - 48 percent approval for handling the economy and a divided 46 - 47 percent approval for handling taxes. Approval ratings on other issues are negative:
  • 39 - 55 percent on foreign policy;
  • 42 - 55 percent on immigration;
  • 40 - 52 percent on trade.
From April 6 - 9, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,181 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Colorado as a public service and for research.

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Trump Approval



1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              41%    85%     3%    39%    46%    36%    38%    58%
Disapprove           52     10     94     50     48     57     56     37
DK/NA                 7      5      3     11      6      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              31%    35%    48%    45%    55%    43%    49%     8%    19%
Disapprove           58     59     48     51     40     51     46     82     72
DK/NA                11      6      4      4      5      6      6     10      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         41      52       7
Mar 21, 2018         40      53       7
Mar 07, 2018         38      56       6
Feb 21, 2018         37      58       5
Feb 07, 2018         40      55       5
Jan 25, 2018         36      58       6
Jan 17, 2018         38      57       5
Jan 10, 2018         36      59       5
Dec 19, 2017         37      59       5
Dec 12, 2017         37      57       7
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1a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q1) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly     30%    69%     1%    26%    32%    28%    28%    44%
Approve smwht        10     15      2     13     14      7     11     14
Disapprove smwht     10      5     10     12     13      7      7      8
Disapprove strongly  42      5     83     38     34     49     49     29
DK/NA                 7      5      4     12      6      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve strongly     21%    21%    38%    38%    39%    34%    36%     4%    13%
Approve smwht        10     14     11      7     16      9     12      5      5
Disapprove smwht     19     12      7      5      8      7      7     15     22
Disapprove strongly  39     46     41     46     31     44     38     66     51
DK/NA                11      6      4      4      6      6      6     11      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                     APPROVE......   DISAPPROVE.....
                     Strngly Smwht   Smwht   Strngly DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         30      10      10      42       7
Mar 21, 2018         30       9       7      46       8
Mar 07, 2018         28      10       7      48       7
Feb 21, 2018         26      10       6      52       6
Feb 07, 2018         30      10       8      47       5
Jan 25, 2018         28       8       6      52       7
Jan 17, 2018         29       9       7      49       6
Jan 10, 2018         26       9       6      53       6
Dec 19, 2017         25      11       6      52       6
Dec 12, 2017         26      10       7      49       8
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10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - the economy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              47%    91%    10%    47%    53%    42%    43%    63%
Disapprove           48      6     87     47     43     52     51     34
DK/NA                 5      2      3      6      4      6      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    43%    53%    52%    60%    47%    53%    19%    38%
Disapprove           53     51     44     47     36     48     42     74     58
DK/NA                 6      6      3      1      3      5      4      7      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the economy?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         47      48       5
Mar 07, 2018         46      49       5
Feb 07, 2018         51      43       7 High App
Jan 17, 2018         48      46       7
Dec 19, 2017         44      51       6
Nov 14, 2017         44      49       7
Oct 11, 2017         48      46       6
Sep 27, 2017         48      44       8
Aug 24, 2017         45      49       6
Aug 17, 2017         46      46       7
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11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - foreign policy?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              39%    79%     5%    37%    44%    35%    35%    56%
Disapprove           55     13     91     55     52     58     59     39
DK/NA                 6      8      4      7      4      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              32%    34%    46%    43%    52%    40%    46%    11%    24%
Disapprove           61     60     49     52     44     52     48     84     66
DK/NA                 7      6      5      5      3      8      6      5     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling foreign policy?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         39      55       6
Mar 07, 2018         33      61       5
Feb 07, 2018         37      57       6
Jan 17, 2018         36      60       4
Dec 19, 2017         33      62       5
Nov 14, 2017         37      58       5
Oct 11, 2017         38      58       4
Sep 27, 2017         38      57       5
Aug 24, 2017         38      58       4
Aug 17, 2017         39      58       3
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12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - immigration issues?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              42%    85%     5%    42%    47%    38%    39%    61%
Disapprove           55     13     95     54     50     59     59     36
DK/NA                 3      2      1      4      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              33%    36%    49%    49%    56%    45%    50%    10%    25%
Disapprove           65     61     47     49     42     52     47     87     73
DK/NA                 1      3      4      2      2      3      3      2      1
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling immigration issues?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         42      55       3
Feb 07, 2018         39      58       3
Jan 17, 2018         38      60       2
Dec 19, 2017         37      60       3
Nov 14, 2017         39      57       4
Oct 11, 2017         39      56       4
Sep 27, 2017         38      59       3
Aug 24, 2017         40      58       2
Aug 17, 2017         43      56       2
Aug 02, 2017         38      59       3
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13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - taxes?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              46%    88%     8%    45%    53%    40%    44%    60%
Disapprove           47      7     87     46     42     52     49     34
DK/NA                 7      5      5      8      5      8      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              45%    43%    48%    48%    59%    47%    53%    18%    34%
Disapprove           47     51     47     46     37     45     41     79     62
DK/NA                 7      6      5      6      4      8      6      3      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling taxes?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         46      47       7
Feb 07, 2018         45      47       7
Jan 17, 2018         42      51       7
Dec 19, 2017         35      58       7
Nov 15, 2017         34      55      11
Oct 11, 2017         37      49      14
May 11, 2017         34      54      13
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - trade?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              40%    82%     7%    38%    46%    35%    36%    55%
Disapprove           52     12     90     50     47     56     57     39
DK/NA                 8      6      3     12      7      9      7      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              36%    36%    47%    41%    50%    41%    46%    16%    31%
Disapprove           54     58     48     50     43     51     48     71     65
DK/NA                11      6      5      9      6      7      7     13      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling trade?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         40      52       8
Mar 06, 2018         34      54      13
May 10, 2017         38      49      13
 
 
15. Do you think that President Trump treats women with the same amount of respect as he treats men, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Same amount      32%    67%     3%    29%    36%    29%    31%    44%
No                   60     22     95     60     55     65     62     48
DK/NA                 8     11      2     11      9      6      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Same amount      26%    25%    38%    38%    42%    34%    38%     8%    19%
No                   64     67     56     55     48     60     54     83     75
DK/NA                10      7      6      7     10      6      8      9      6
 
 
16. Do you think that President Trump treats people of color with the same amount of respect as he treats white people, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Same amount      40%    82%     5%    38%    45%    35%    38%    55%
No                   53     13     91     52     47     59     56     39
DK/NA                 7      5      4     10      8      6      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Same amount      34%    33%    44%    47%    52%    43%    47%     5%    31%
No                   60     61     49     48     41     53     47     85     68
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      7      4      6     10      2
 
 
17. Do you think that journalists at major news organizations - such as CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS - make up negative stories about President Trump, or do you think that they report stories about President Trump to the best of their knowledge?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Make up stories      41%    80%     6%    43%    46%    37%    36%    56%
Best of knowledge    49     12     89     46     45     54     53     37
DK/NA                 9      8      5     11      9      9     11      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Make up stories      43%    32%    46%    44%    50%    43%    47%     7%    36%
Best of knowledge    47     57     45     51     41     48     45     79     56
DK/NA                10     11      9      6      9      8      9     14      7
 
 
25. As president, do you think Donald Trump should continue tweeting from his personal Twitter account, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Should           27%    49%     6%    27%    30%    25%    25%    37%
No                   67     45     90     66     64     70     70     56
DK/NA                 6      6      3      6      6      6      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Should           26%    19%    35%    27%    36%    28%    31%    11%    11%
No                   70     77     60     66     57     68     63     85     84
DK/NA                 4      4      5      7      7      4      6      4      5
 
TREND: As president, do you think Donald Trump should continue tweeting from his personal Twitter account, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         27      67       6
Jan 11, 2018         26      69       5
Dec 05, 2017         28      66       5
Nov 14, 2017         33      63       5
Oct 11, 2017         27      70       3
Sep 27, 2017         26      69       4
Aug 23, 2017         28      69       4
Aug 17, 2017         31      66       3
Aug 02, 2017         27      69       4
Jun 29, 2017         32      61       7
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32. As you may know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the criminal investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Do you think that he is conducting a fair investigation into this matter, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Fair             52%    30%    75%    50%    51%    52%    57%    47%
No                   32     54      9     32     36     28     27     38
DK/NA                17     16     15     18     13     20     15     15
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Fair             49%    52%    53%    54%    51%    53%    52%    55%    51%
No                   29     28     34     34     37     29     33     25     29
DK/NA                23     19     13     13     12     18     15     20     20
 
TREND: As you may know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the criminal investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Do you think that he is conducting a fair investigation into this matter, or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Apr 10, 2018         52      32      17
Mar 07, 2018         58      28      14
Feb 06, 2018         56      28      16
Jan 11, 2018         59      26      15
Dec 12, 2017         58      29      13
Nov 15, 2017         60      27      13
 
 
33. Do you think President Trump should fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Fire             13%    22%     5%    12%    14%    12%     7%    17%
No                   69     55     82     69     72     66     78     64
DK/NA                18     23     12     19     14     22     15     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Fire             14%    10%    15%    14%    13%    11%    12%    16%    16%
No                   62     70     72     70     74     67     70     69     60
DK/NA                23     20     13     16     13     21     18     15     24
 
 
34. Do you believe President Trump had an extramarital affair in 2006 with an actress known as Stormy Daniels, or don't you believe so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Believe          58%    32%    85%    55%    57%    58%    64%    50%
No                   14     32      2     11     13     14     10     19
DK/NA                29     36     13     35     29     28     26     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Believe          57%    64%    59%    54%    56%    57%    56%    72%    61%
No                   10     10     15     18     14     16     15      5     13
DK/NA                33     26     25     28     29     28     29     23     26
 
 
35. Do you think President Trump's alleged affair with Stormy Daniels is an important issue, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Important        23%     6%    44%    19%    21%    25%    23%    20%
No                   73     90     51     79     75     71     74     77
DK/NA                 4      4      5      2      3      4      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Important        21%    19%    24%    26%    19%    23%    21%    30%    24%
No                   76     77     73     70     78     73     76     62     75
DK/NA                 4      3      2      4      2      4      3      7      1
 
 
36. As you may know, President Trump's personal lawyer paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 right before the 2016 election, which she says was in exchange for her silence about this alleged affair. President Trump has denied any knowledge of this payment. Do you believe that President Trump knew about this payment, or don't you believe so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Knew             59%    31%    88%    58%    58%    61%    63%    46%
No                   24     44      6     25     26     23     21     34
DK/NA                16     25      6     17     16     17     16     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Knew             65%    66%    55%    54%    52%    56%    54%    88%    66%
No                   22     22     25     31     30     26     28      5     22
DK/NA                13     12     20     16     18     18     18      7     12
 
 
37. Do you think the question of whether or not President Trump knew about the payment to Stormy Daniels is an important issue, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Important        38%    10%    73%    32%    36%    40%    41%    30%
No                   59     88     26     63     61     57     57     68
DK/NA                 3      2      1      4      3      3      2      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Important        37%    39%    36%    41%    31%    39%    35%    58%    41%
No                   60     58     62     56     67     59     63     32     59
DK/NA                 3      4      2      2      2      2      2     10      1