Percent Approval for Trump in Counties That Helped Elect Him President

17 July, 2017, 16:24 | Author: Valerie Burke
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President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit the lowest mark ever for any president who has been in office for six months, according to a new poll released on Saturday.

Bill Clinton struggled out the gate during his first six months in office, but unlike Trump, he didn't take office under a cloud of scandal, and his approval ratings were higher than Trump's.

The number is down from 42 percent in April, while his disapproval numbers have risen 5 points to 58 percent.

Perceptions about the role of Russian Federation in the 2016 election and possible collusion or cooperation with Trump campaign associates continue to be a drag on the President, though like many other questions, results show a clear partisan divide.

When asked about a 2016 meeting Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of Trump, had with a Russian lawyer in a hope to get hands on materials allegedly helpful for his father's campaign, 63 percent considered the meeting as inappropriate.

Most respondents (66 percent) said they do not or only somewhat trust Trump in negotiating with foreign leaders, especially with Russian President Vladimir Putin (also 66 percent). Seventeen percent said they prefer neither or something else entirely.

Despite setting a record low, Mr Trump said the poll was "not bad" at this point of his presidency.

Trump beat Hillary Clinton in these "surge" areas nationwide by a combined 65 percent-to-29 percent margin in 2016.

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.

The poll also reveals Americans are not really believing that they'd be better off by the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. But while 36 percent approve of Trump overall, only 25 percent approve strongly.

On the plus side, opinions about Trump's economic proposals were evenly divided, with 43 percent of respondents approving and 41 percent disapproving.

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

The poll was conducted from July 10 to 13 in both English and Spanish among a random sample of 1,001 adults and has a +/- 3.5 percentage point margin of error.

Overall, 48 percent say they "disapprove strongly" of the current USA president's performance in office.

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