United Airlines may be behind one of the most shocking incidents of 2017 - as a bloodied passenger was dragged down an airplane's aisle - but Americans still prefer the carrier over President Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

The left-leaning pollsters at Public Policy Polling found that when voters were asked which they had a higher opinion of, 42 percent selected United Airlines, while 40 of respondents pointed to Trump, according to Daily Mail.

While their responses are within the survey's 3.9 percent margin of error, there are a number of indications that Americans are feeling down about The Donald.

For one, his overall approval rating sits at 43 percent, with 50 percent of the country disapproving.


While Trump promised to "Make America Great Again," only 35 percent of voters think he's accomplished that goal, while another 55 percent believe he hasn't.

As the president has waded more into world affairs, 39 percent of respondents said they believe he will embroil the United States into World War III, while a slightly bigger group, 40 percent, believe Trump won't start a massive war.

Voters prefer President Obama's foreign policy - and President Obama generally - over President Trump.

With 51 percent saying they think Obama had a better handle on world affairs, compared to the 39 percent who said that of Trump.

And with 51 percent saying they wish Obama was still in office, over the 43 percent who prefer President Trump.

Trump's unpopularity is bleeding down ballot too, with PPP finding that the Democrats have an edge in a generic congressional ballot over Republicans 47 to 41 percent.

Dr. David Dao filmed bleeding after being dragged off a United Airlines flight. Phooto/Twitter/Kaylyn Davis
Dr. David Dao filmed bleeding after being dragged off a United Airlines flight. Phooto/Twitter/Kaylyn Davis

Another poll, one released Thursday by Politico and Morning Consult, shows Trump with a slightly higher approval rating - 48 percent - with Republican support helping his numbers.

But even among his core supporters Trump could improve upon his work.

There's a persistent media narrative that President Trump can do no wrong among his base of supporters, Morning Consult's Kyle Dropp told Politico. "But this polling suggests that, at the very least, many of his voters see room for improvement."

For example, 42 percent of Trump supporters gave his first 100 days a "B" grade, while another 23 percent graded him at a "C" or worse.

Trump gets his highest grades on the issues of fighting terrorism, bringing back jobs and the economy, and his lowest marks on draining the swamp, climate change and health care.

One thing Trump could do to improve his standing, according to the PPP numbers, is fire Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

Forty-five percent of those surveyed think Bannon should get the ax, while 26 percent think Trump should retain the top aide.

Bannon is viewed favourably by only 21 percent of respondents, with another 50 percent who view him negatively.