Polls failed to predict Brexit or Donald Trump, but online comments are full of the emotions that matter.
Some 66 percent of respondents in a new poll say the president made a mistake in inviting Trump to visit in August.
Michelle Obama was identified as the most "trusted messenger," according to the poll.
Poorly worded poll questions set up a plague-on-both-your-houses narrative.
Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton's "animals" for the incident.
The day after running mate Mike Pence appeared to break ranks with Trump during a vice presidential debate and called Putin "a small and bullying leader," the GOP nominee adjusted his own previously warm rhetoric toward the Russian president.