As White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hit out at the news media for drawing “so much” attention to a New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous senior White House official, a new poll has revealed that most Americans believe the allegations made in the explosive piece.
On Monday, Sanders said it was “sad and pathetic that a gutless, anonymous source could receive so much attention from the media” over the op-ed, in which the author claimed to be part of a “resistance” within the White House seeking to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations.”
Sanders repeated Trump’s argument that the anonymous author could pose a threat to “national security” and said the Department of Justice should be looking into the matter.
The White House press secretary’s criticisms of the op-ed, as well as the media’s coverage of it, came alongside the release of a poll that found that most American voters—55 percent—believe the anonymous allegations made in the op-ed, compared with 28 percent who do not believe the author’s account.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University from September 6 to 9, found that while most Americans did believe the accusations laid out in the op-ed, the majority of Republicans refused to believe the account.
Fifty-two percent of Republicans said they did not believe the details outlined in the op-ed, compared with 27 percent who said they did.
What many Americans can also agree on, is that the person who wrote the allegations “did the wrong thing” by submitting them to the media to be published anonymously.
Fifty-one percent of voters said the senior official made the wrong move, compared with 39 percent who disagreed.
“American voters believe those tales of intrigue coming from the Trump White House, but they think it’s wrong to tell those tales anonymously,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll also found that 54 percent of American voters do not approve of the job Trump is doing, compared with 38 percent who do.
The only listed groups approving of the president were found to be Republicans, at 84 to 7 percent and white voters with no college degree, at 51 to 40 percent, according to Quinnipiac University.
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American voters also gave Trump his lowest grade for honesty since he was elected, with 60 percent asserting that Trump “is not honest.”
The president also received low grades on other character traits: 57 percent said that he does not have good leadership skills, compared with 38 percent who disagree; 55 percent said the president does not care about average Americans, compared with 41 percent who disagree; 65 percent said the U.S. leader is “not level-headed, compared with 30 percent who believe he is; 51 percent said Trump is intelligent, compared with 42 percent who believe he isn’t.
Sixty percent of voters said they believe Trump does not share voters’ values, compared with 30 percent who believe he does. Fifty-five percent also say Trump is not fit to serve as president, compared with 41 percent who say he is. American voters also weighed in on Trump’s mental health, with 48 percent saying the president is “mentally stable” and 42 percent disagreeing.