Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Trump's Approval Ratings Drop to 36 Percent, Poll Shows

Ty Cobb a partner at Hogan Lovells will join the White House to counter Russia probes according to a report Ty Cobb a partner at Hogan Lovells will join the White House to counter Russia probes according to a report
Christy Curtis | 17 July, 2017, 17:24

Donald Trump's approval rating has reached a historic new low in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with nearly half of Americans believing the country to be weaker since he took office.

A new national poll out Sunday shows just 36 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump's job performance so far.

Trump's overall approval rating was down from 42 percent in April.

So within the space of 140 characters, he claims the poll-takers are notoriously inaccurate, while inaccurately claiming a score of "almost 40 percent", but then saying that score isn't actually all that bad for the six month mark, despite all of the evidence we just listed out proving the opposite.

The US intelligence community alleged that Russia meddled in the US presidential race a year ago and connections existed between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, which the Kremlin has denied. Of those 50 percent of people who approve, 29 percent do so "strongly", while of the 46 percent who disapprove, 35 percent do so "strongly".

The Democratic Party appears to be almost as unpopular as Mr. Trump.

Just 28 per cent of those polled said they think Trump is making significant progress toward his goals, while 55 per cent think otherwise. "In total, 30 percent of Trump approvers mentioned his overall leadership or personality traits when asked what they approve of most".

Sixty percent said they believe Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election, up four points from April.

The previous low was 39 percent by President Gerald Ford after he pardoned Richard Nixon, who resigned the presidency rather than face impeachment due to the Watergate scandal. That belief is held by 58 percent of whites.

Would you say that the more you hear about Trump, the more you like him?

The poll also found that 63% of respondents said it was more important for the federal government to provide health care to low-income Americans than cut taxes, while 27% said it was more important to reduce taxes than provide that care.

Mr Trump's healthcare plans were also unpopular, with less than a quarter of those surveyed preferring the Republican bill to existing laws. Trump tweeted to defend himself.

The NBC/WSJ poll surveyed 600 adults from July 8-12 in those 439 counties and has a margin of error of plus-minus 4.0 percentage points.

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