The first morning of The New York Times/CBS News Poll showed that just over six in 10 Americans say they personally agree with the claims President Trump has made about himself, including the statements that his allegations against the FBI are false and his election victory was legitimate. And yet, according to our poll, 58 percent believe that the president has not been fully truthful and transparent with the American people about how he came to be in office, compared with 34 percent who feel he has been transparent.
The stark differences here do not come out of the blue. Given President Trump’s performance and our poll’s results, American Democrats are worried that the president might get away with not fully disclosing his tax returns. And they see him as an unreliable leader. Our poll shows 72 percent think he has not been “honest and trustworthy” — nearly double the number who disapprove of him (44 percent).
In our view, our poll results do not suggest that American voters strongly want the truth from the White House. They actually show a strong inclination to push the president to be straightforward. We know that our voters are looking for answers from the White House; we just don’t think the president’s words are nearly enough. The bottom line is that we think voters, like the nation as a whole, want the White House to be more honest and trustworthy — even if that means challenging the president, not caving to him.