Friday, May 12, 2017

Describe Donald Trump

There's a new Quinnipiac poll out with the usual bad news about President Trump, at least in terms of favorability numbers, but let's look at a different question. Scroll down the page to Question 9. It asks:
What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump? (Numbers are not percentages. Figures show the number of times each response was given. This table reports only words that were mentioned at least five times.)
I've limited this to the Top Ten. See my chart below. Idiot gets the most responses, followed by incompetent and liar. Ouch. It's not until #4 do we see a positive, leader. Then comes a list of either negative terms (like ignorant) or factual ones (like president).

This survey was a mix of landline and cell phones of 1,078 voters nationwide. That means out of over a thousand responses, only 39 called the president an idiot. Looking at the list of descriptors that received at least five mentions, most are negative. By my count, 28 of the 46 words are negative (61 percent), while only 12 of them are positive (26 percent). The rest I coded as either neutral or factual, such as president or rich (the latter could have negative connotations, depending on the respondent, but I put it as factual).

I'd love to see the entire list. No doubt there are some colorful responses in there, though asshole got 13 responses.

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