Americans see President Donald Trump as his own worst spokesperson, according to a new Monmouth University Poll.
Participants in the poll were read a list of spokespersons for the Trump administration — including the president — and asked if that individual “does more to help or more to hurt the president when they speak on behalf of the administration.”
Sixty-one percent said Trump does more to hurt his administration when he speaks on its behalf. Only 33 percent said he does more to help his administration when he speaks for it.
Prominent members of Trump’s staff didn’t earn much better scores.
Forty-two percent of respondents said that White House press secretary Sean Spicer hurts the president when he speaks, while 40 percent said Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to the president, hurts Trump when she speaks on his behalf. Twenty-eight percent said both Spicer and Conway help the president.
Public opinion of deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is almost evenly split: 23 percent said she helps Trump while 22 percent said she hurts him.
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"This is the epitome of a no-win situation," Patrick Murray, the director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “It's not as if Trump's appointed spokespeople are doing worse than the man himself. It may simply be an impossible task to represent this president and come off as credible.”
The poll also found that Vice President Mike Pence “is the only official tested in the poll who has a net positive impact when he speaks on behalf of the administration.”
A majority of Americans — 53 percent — said Pence helps the administration when he speaks on behalf of the president. Just 29 percent say he does more harm when he speaks.
"It shouldn't escape DC's attention that the vice president is seen as a better mouthpiece for the administration than the man who actually occupies the Oval Office, even among their fellow Republicans," Murray said.