Trump's Tweet Attack on Mika Brzezinski Hurt Him With Voters, Poll Finds
A slim majority of registered voters now see the president less favorably.
President Trump's decision last Thursday to tweet that MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw her a few months ago was not well-received by most in the media industry, who saw it as unseemly and unpresidential, and by politicians from both political parties, who saw it as a distraction from more pressing national issues.
According to a new poll conducted by Morning Consult in partnership with Politico, Trump's tweets were also pretty unpopular with voters. Some 51 percent of registered voters surveyed on June 29 and June 30 said the president's attack on Brzezinski made them see him either somewhat or much less favorably. A full 42 percent of women surveyed said the tweet made them see the president in a "much less favorable" light, while only 9 percent of voters said the tweet made them view the president more favorably.
Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said it was "unacceptable" for President Trump to attack Brzezinski as he did. Even among Republicans, more people said it was unacceptable (46 percent) than acceptable (28 percent) for the president to say what he said. Both men and women agreed that the tweets were unacceptable, though more men (22 percent) than women (12 percent) found the comments to be acceptable.
The survey began a few hours after the president tweeted about Brzezinski and her Morning Joe co-host, Joe Scarborough. The story, which was the talk of the media and political worlds last Thursday and Friday, when the couple responded to the attack on-air, seemingly also reached the general public. Of those surveyed, 49 percent said they had heard "a lot" or "some" about the inflammatory comments.