- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2017

More Americans said they approve of President Trump’s policies than admire his personality and leadership qualities, according to a new poll, which is the opposite of how voters regarded his predecessors.

A Gallup poll released Monday showed that 40 percent of U.S. adults agreed with Mr. Trump on the issues, but just 34 percent said he had presidential personality and leadership qualities.

The findings flip Americans’ take on recent occupants of the White House. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush tended to be more popular for their personality than their policies.

On average, Americans rated Mr. Obama better on personality than on issues by 14 percentage points, 60 percent to 46 percent. For Mr. Bush, the average was 9 points higher on personality, 59 percent to 50 percent, according to Gallup.

By contrast, the pollsters found that Americans score Mr. Trump lower on personality than on issues by 6 points.

Gallup based results for Mr. Trump on combined data from separate polls conducted June 7-11 and July 5-9.

Mr. Trump has taken a beating in recent polls with record-low approval rating after nearly six months in office.

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