Trump is suffering from a severe case of media fatigue.
The president has been repeatedly pilloried for his incessant attacks on the media and for the lack of substance in his news conferences, and he’s done more to damage his standing with the country than any other president in history.
Now, his administration has come up with yet another plan to try to keep the press off his back.
The National Review’s latest poll finds that Trump is lagging behind Republican rival Ted Cruz, who is leading the pack in most key national-polling categories.
Only 27 percent of voters said they have a favorable opinion of Trump, while 35 percent have an unfavorable opinion.
The survey found that Cruz has a 57 percent approval rating, compared to 43 percent for Trump.
The poll also found that only 35 percent of respondents said they trust Trump to keep his promises, while 47 percent said they do not trust him.
“When the president doesn’t do anything, it’s easy to get distracted,” says Mark Potok, a political scientist at George Washington University.
“The president is in a very vulnerable position, but he’s not alone.”
The poll also showed that Trump’s approval ratings have slipped from their peaks, as well.
Forty-one percent of the respondents said Trump’s job performance is good or excellent, compared with 44 percent who said the same of Cruz.
Trump’s favorability ratings fell from 57 percent in February to 36 percent in May, the last month of his presidency.
“There is no one person in America more trusted than Donald Trump, and this poll shows that,” Potok says.
The president’s ratings have been particularly low in the wake of the botched rollout of health-care legislation, which the White House said was necessary to save Americans from death by the hundreds.
Only 31 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the administration’s handling of the health-insurance rollout, compared, for example, to 44 percent of Republicans.
The unpopularity of Trump’s handling is also apparent in the poll.
Fifty-four percent of people said they disapprove of Trump being president, compared by 40 percent who say they approve of the president.
“The administration has been doing so little to help the American people,” Potk says.
“Trump has been the one who has been making it harder for the American public to trust the government.
But this poll indicates that the public is now very concerned.”
The president may have had an unpopular record when he first took office in January, but Trump has since done so much to help rebuild his approval ratings.
In a July poll, the New York Times found that 44 percent approved of Trump; 38 percent disapproved.
In December, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of registered voters approved of the job the president was doing, and just 34 percent disapproving.
“There is a lot of people who are very disappointed with the way things have been going for him, especially his performance in office, which has been pretty dismal,” Potak says.
The numbers on this poll are consistent with those of other polls.
“If the public doesn’t have faith in the president, then we’re going to have a very difficult time of trying to build support for him,” Potos said.
Trump has tried to blame the media for the president’s problems, even going so far as to say the press is responsible for the media’s coverage of him.
In his most recent White House press briefing, Spicer blamed the media, including CNN, for the poor health of Trump.
“They do a great job, I think, covering everything, and they should be proud of it,” Spicer said.
“But the American voters, they’re not, and I think we’re getting away from that.”
“We have a president who has absolutely no interest in getting the facts,” Potoks says.