Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump's approval rating has dipped even lower

Trump's approval rating has dipped even lower

President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen to a mere 36 percent in a span of six months after he assumed the office in January, according to the latest poll conducted jointly by ABC News and the Washington Post.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that only 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance at or near the six-month mark, which as ABC pointed out is "down six points from his 100-day mark, itself a low". Sixty per cent also said that Russian Federation tried to influence the presidential election in favour of the Trump campaign, up 4 per cent from a survey conducted in April.

Trump, for his part, took to his @realdonaldtrump Twitter account to dismiss the results by writing that "almost 40% is not bad at this time", and said that the ABC/Washington Post Poll "was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!"

Sixty-three per cent of Americans felt a meeting between the President's son Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton was "inappropriate".

A 43 percent plurality approve of how Mr. Trump has handled the economy, compared to 41 percent who disagree.

Besides, roughly 4 in 10 Americans said they see Trump's campaign team intentionally helped Russian efforts to influence the election.

Most participants (55 percent) thought Trump's G20 summit visit was not sucessful. "In total, 30 percent of Trump approvers mentioned his overall leadership or personality traits when asked what they approve of most".

Amid a seemingly endless stream of stories set in small-town restaurants wherein President Trump's hard-core supporters explain they don't care about his collusion with Russian Federation, a major new poll underlines a hard truth: He is still really unpopular.

The public is also skeptical about Trump's abilities as a world leader, with 58 percent saying they disapprove of the way he handles relations with other countries and 46 percent disappointed in his actions on trade agreements.

And in another recent poll that just looked at counties that voted for Trump, he sits at a 50 percent approval rating.

A president's job approval rating is the essential barometer of his popularity, but it can also be unsatisfying in its lack of specificity. Meanwhile, only 59 per cent of Republicans back their party's proposal, though only 11 per cent say they prefer Obamacare.

Would you say that the more you hear about Trump, the more you like him? That means the projection for Clinton was within the poll's margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, while the prediction for Trump was about a percentage point outside that margin of error.

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