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Poll: Ivanka, Jared's WH roles inappropriate

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About 56% of voters have unfavorable opinions of Donald Trump

First lady Melania Trump has a 34% favorable rating

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Fewer voters have unfavorable opinions of the first family than President Donald Trump, but a majority disapprove of the adviser roles of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters published Wednesday.

Ivanka Trump recently assumed an official role in her father’s administration. She moved into a West Wing office and obtained a security clearance in late March.

About 53% of respondents said the first daughter playing a significant role in the White House is not appropriate, compared with 36% who said it was appropriate and 10% who did not have an opinion.

Ivanka Trump walks with her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, toward Marine One while departing with her father President Donald Trump on February 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Ivanka Trump walks with her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, toward Marine One while departing with her father President Donald Trump on February 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Kushner, her husband, also has a broad portfolio within the West Wing, where he has an influential purview over a range of foreign and domestic policy issues. He is heading up the Office of American Innovation, a new White House office aimed at reforming the federal government through private-sector solutions.

About 53% said his role was not appropriate, compared to 32% of respondents who said it was appropriate and 15% who did not know.

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But when it comes to overall popularity, fewer have unfavorable opinions Trump’s family than the President himself.

About 56% of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, compared to 39% who had a favorable opinion of him. That compares with 31% with unfavorable opinions of Ivanka Trump and 36% with favorable opinions, and Kushner, with 32% unfavorable to 15% favorable. About half of respondents had not heard enough about Kushner to have an opinion.

First lady Melania Trump has a 34% favorable rating versus 24% unfavorable and 35% who have yet to form an opinion.

“When it comes to President Trump’s immediate family, Ivanka and the first lady get so-so marks,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

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First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2017.
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First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2017.

Melania Trump’s biggest demographic of supporters is aged 65 and older; she performed the worst among the youngest group, polled at just 25% favorable for those between the ages of 18-34. The margin of error for this age group was plus or minus 8.5% points.

Divided between gender, she’s also more popular with men, 37% of whom view her favorably, versus 32% of women, with margins of error of plus or minus 4.1% points and 4.5% points, respectively.

Divided between party lines, the numbers scale toward partisan expectations. Seventy-one percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the first lady, while just 9% of Democrats like her.

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Ivanka Trump also gets her lowest marks from the millennial age bracket, similarly to the first lady. Just 24% of respondents age 18-34 have a favorable opinion of the first daughter, compared to 36% unfavorable. Older respondents had net positive opinions about her.

She also got slightly higher marks from men – 38% have a favorable opinion, compared with 35% of women.

The poll surveyed 1,062 voters nationwide between April 12-18 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3% points. The demographic or partisan breakdowns have larger margins of error.