Trump's Approval Rating Keeps Sinking

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 17, 2017

Only 36 per cent of Americans approve of the job Mr Trump is doing, according to a new Washington Post and ABC poll conducted between Tuesday and Thursday last week.

Gerald Ford was the last president to be near that mark in the poll half-a-year into his presidency, with a 39 percent approval rating in February 1975.

The figures are the lowest of any president since polling data began 70 years ago. Comparatively, at this point in their first terms both Barack Obama and George W. Bush held approval ratings of 59%.

Almost 60% of participants, meanwhile, disapprove of Trump, topping Bill Clinton's disapproval rating of 51% in July 1993.

On July 11, the second day the poll was in the field, Donald Trump Jr. released his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone regarding a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that Trump Jr. eventually attended with Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner during the 2016 election.

And 48 per cent said they saw American global leadership weakening since Trump entered the White House, while 27 per cent said it is stronger. Just 38 percent say he is making significant progress toward his goals, while 55 percent believe otherwise.

Two thirds said they do not trust Trump to negotiate with other world leaders on the U.S. behalf.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

For health care, participants prefer Obamacare over any Republican replacement, 50% to 24%. Even among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Mr. Trump rather than for their own agenda.

A source close to the story said there were at least two other people in the room as well, a translator and person representing a Russian family who had asked Goldstone to set up the meeting. Roughly 4 in 10 believe members of Mr. Trump's campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election, though suspicions have changed little since the spring.

The figures, coming in nearly six months into Trump's term in office, present a downturn for the president, whose approval ratings stood at 42 percent in April.

When the poll's participants were broken down according to groups, the partisan nature of current politics becomes apparent. The poll's margin of error is 3.5%.

Among liberal Democrats, the figure if five percent.

- President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to call out what he referred to as "fake news" that is "distorting democracy", and an "inaccurate" poll.

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