A recent Gallup poll shows that only 7 percent of Americans rate President Donald Trump’s ethics as excellent. This rating hits a record low compared to numbers from past presidencies that were recorded a similar length of time into each tenure.
A majority of respondents (59 percent) agreed that the values of top administration officials are “not good” or “poor” while the Obama, Bush, and Clinton presidencies saw positive ratings of 50 percent or higher.
The results from the early May poll were recorded as special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation continued to heat up.
Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was slammed with allegations of accepting payments from Ukrainian and Russian businesses to gain access to then candidate-Trump. Cohen was also caught brokering a deal with a Swiss organization who offered $1.2 million in order to have access to the president’s inner circle.
The personal attorney is currently under federal investigation, and FBI agents raided his home, office, and hotel room earlier this Spring in search for documents confirming hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Recent finical disclosures provided by Trump confirm the $130,00 payment which personal attorney Rudy Giuliani called “perfectly legal” during an interview with Fox News.
Damaging leaks have, also, tricked out of the White House causing mass outrage. A White House communications staffer slammed Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, during a closed-door meeting. The same week, Trump allegedly lambasted Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, leading to reports that she drafted — but did not submit — a resignation letter.
Yet, not all of Trump’s ratings have hit rock bottom. Forty-four percent of respondents said they approve of Trump’s job overall, a tiny downtick from previous numbers. A Gallup poll from early this month puts Trump’s approval rating at 47 percent — an eleven month high.
For this newest poll, Gallup surveyed 1,024 adults from May 1-10 with a sampling error of 4 percentage points.