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Monday, 17 July 2017 10:51

The prevailing view of Trump has only worsened: He's 'unpresidential'

Written by  Aaron Blake
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraces the United States flag during a campaign rally in June 2016. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

During the 2016 campaign, the biggest concern about President Trump almost always boiled down to one thing: His temperament.

Even people who liked Trump had a problem with it. Polls regularly showed more than 6 in 10 registered voters said he didn't have the right personality and style to be an effective president. Just weeks before the election, 62 percent said he didn't have this baseline quality, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. He won anyway.

Trump has now been president for six months, and he's had ample opportunity during that time to prove people wrong. He's taken foreign trips, responded to crises and delivered a well-received speech to Congress.

And yet, Americans may now even see him as less presidential than they did before. A new Post-ABC poll, in fact, shows a whopping 70 percent of Americans describe Trump as acting “unpresidential.” Only 24 percent say he's acted in a way that's “fitting and proper for a president of the United States.”

Previous polling on this question focused more on temperament to be president rather than the amorphous idea of presidentiality, so it's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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