Trump's approval stands at 50% in the counties that fueled his win

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Buffeted by the Russian Federation probe, perception of a declining world role and a stalled domestic agenda, US President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit a new low, according to a new poll.

Forty-eight percent of respondents "strongly disapprove" of Trump, depths never reached by Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, and only managed by George W. Bush during the post-Katrina chapter of his second term.

Sixty percent also say they believe Russian Federation meddled in the election, while more than two-thirds (67 percent) say they believe Trump aides helped Russian Federation in this effort.

The previous worst approval rating after half a year in the White House was 39 per cent, given to Gerald Ford in 1975.

Two-thirds of Americans don't trust Trump to negotiate with world leaders and only 27 percent think the country's leadership on the global stage has gotten stronger since January.

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Also contributing to Trump's low approval ratings: 52 percent said they believed Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey and declared the investigation a "witch hunt", was interfering with the probe, while 37 percent said he was cooperating.

US President Donald Trump, fresh from a political holiday in Paris, went back on the offensive as a new poll showed his popularity dropping amid doubts about Russian election meddling and deepening frustrations over stalled healthcare legislation.

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

Not surprisingly, given his job approval rating of 38% in the July 5-9 poll, Americans do not hold Trump in high regard on either issues or leadership qualities. The poll shows that 50 percent prefer Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, compared to just 24 percent who prefer the GOP plan. Even among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own agenda. What exactly are people thinking when they say they approve or disapprove of the way a president is handling his job?

The Washington Post said the margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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