More voters would give President Trump an F on his presidential report card after one year in office than any other grade, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Tuesday, The Hill reported.
According to The Hill story, 35 percent of poll respondents said they would give Trump a failing grade. Eighteen percent would give him an A; 17 percent, a B; 14 percent, a C; 11 percent, a D.
Our grade: C
In our view, Trump and his administration deserve some credit for the strong domestic economy, including growth of more than 3 percent for the last two quarters, low unemployment (4.1 percent in December) and a bullish stock market (the Dow pushed past 26,000 earlier this month). We give the Trump administration high marks for its choice of Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court; significant progress in the war against ISIS; passage of tax cuts; and progress or a promised commitment on border security, reduced federal regulations on business, infrastructure improvements and welfare reform. Without question, he is achieving or pursuing campaign pledges on a variety of fronts.
Over the last year, this editorial board has published Our Opinions praising the president for Renewable Fuel Standard support; a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan; a proposed budget with deep cuts in spending; a resumption of U.S. beef exports to China; and forcing Congress to identify a permanent DACA solution (we have urged this solution involve protection for DACA beneficiaries so they can remain in the U.S. in pursuit of their dreams).
Despite a robust agenda and a string of accomplishments in his first year, Trump's job approval numbers languish. Two polls released on Thursday, a CBS News poll and an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, show the president enjoys only 37 percent approval among Americans.
Because in so many ways, Trump is his own worst enemy.
The ugly personal side of Trump Americans too frequently see is, in our view, why his approval number remains low. It's what prevents us from giving the president a grade higher than C.
Simply put, he fails the test of what we and what we believe most Americans want and expect from the president in temperament and conduct. Presidential, he is not.
Day after day in wearying fashion, Trump disgorges whatever is on his mind, seemingly without thought to impact. He directs juvenile insults and taunts at those who dare question, disagree with - or, God forbid, - criticize him. The high road? The man doesn't know what it is, let alone how to get on it. He creates uncertainty, if not chaos, at home (including within his own administration) and abroad with contradictory policy statements. He divides, instead of unites.
That is, when he isn't reminding everyone of how wonderful he is.
We believe this stuff matters.
Trump hasn't, of course, asked for our advice. But if he did, we would tell him to drop the stream-of-consciousness approach, choose his words more carefully, resist the temptation to lash out via Twitter, practice some humility, try self-deprecation instead of self-aggrandizement, display more compassion and work harder to bring people together. In short, demonstrate greater respect for the office of president.
Finally, we would be remiss if as proud members of the Fourth Estate we didn't urge him to abandon the "the enemy of the American people" crusade against journalists who work to hold government's feet to the fire and keep Americans informed under protection of the First Amendment.
If he took our advice, we believe his poll numbers would rise.
Certainly, he would get a higher grade from us.