Trump approval rating hits new low in poll

Nick Sanchez
May 18, 2017

Eight points underwater, it's also his lowest net approval rating since taking office.

Some bad news for the White House: The latest approval rating poll from Morning Consult/Politico released Wednesday found President Donald Trump has hit its lowest point thus far in his presidency.

The president had a 46 percent job approval rating in a similar poll conducted earlier this month.

The poll was conducted between Friday and Sunday, after Comey's dismissal but before reports surfaced that Trump revealed highly classified information during a meeting last week with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister.

The survey shows that while more people disapproved of the firing than approved, the president's overall ratings were basically unchanged. Thirty two percent of survey respondents said they had no opinion of Trump's decision to fire America's chief law enforcement officer. "A less reported-on trend is the waning enthusiasm for Trump in his base". Just 42 percent of self-identified Trump voters in last year's election strongly approve of his job performance, while 70 percent of those who said they voted for Hillary Clinton last fall strongly disapprove of Trump.

Perhaps more worrying for the president - and for Republican members of Congress ahead of the 2018 midterm elections - is a declining strength in support among the voters who elected him.

"Every postwar president with a sub-50 percent approval rating around midterm time has lost a double-digit number of House seats, with truly massive landslides being common", Prokop writes.

Still, the Politico poll found that respondents were more likely to say Trump's decision was inappropriate after they were informed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Kremlin officials. In the new poll, however, there is an uptick in the percentage who think Trump's action was improper.

President Trump likes to proclaim his supposed popularity, despite losing the popular vote in the USA election but still taking the White House thanks to the country's electoral college system. In the new poll, 38 percent of voters approve of the new bill, unchanged from a week before.

The weekly Politico/Morning Consult survey "has tended to show more positive results for Trump than most other public polls", Politico notes. Among Republicans, 49% said wealthy Americans pay too little, 21% the right amount, and 19% too much.

The poll had a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points. It's actually a Politico-Morning Consult poll.

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