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

Andrew Cummings
July 17, 2017

Donald Trump is not happy about a new poll showing he has the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in the past 70 years.

A new poll showed on Sunday the approval rating for the US President Donald Trump sits at 36 per cent after a steady decline since springtime. But among Republicans, one-third think Russian Federation tried to influence the election outcome, and fewer than 1 in 10 think Mr. Trump's associates sought to help them.

In regards to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at getting information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, 63 percent said his actions were inappropriate.

Mr Sekulow appeared on five television networks on Sunday to defend Mr Trump and his son, following the latest accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Thirty-eight per cent of those surveyed believe Trump is making significant progress towards his goals, while 55% feel he is not.

Fifty percent of Americans say the 45th US president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 percent say he is doing better than his predecessors.

The meeting, which took place in Trump Tower in New York City, involved Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and at least two other people, sources familiar with the meeting told CNN.

The president who came closest to that mark was Gerald Ford, who saw a 39 percent approval rating six months into his term.

Donald Trump Jr. has said that nothing came of the discussion. In addition, 60 percent said they believed Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential race and 41 percent said they thought Trump campaign aides intentionally helped those efforts, while 44 percent said they believed Trump benefited from Russia's efforts.

On top of that, most people think he's doing a shit job on healthcare, as 66 percent of the country prefers Obamacare to the nightmare bills the GOP has proposed over the last few months. Its margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Though responses split along partisan lines, the poll found that 60% of Americans believe Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election, and 44% thought Trump benefitted from it, while almost 40% said they thought the Trump campaign might have colluded in it.

44 percent approve of Trump's job performance. Only 37 per cent of Americans "say the Democratic Party now stands for something, while 52 per cent viewed it as it "just stands against Trump". Meanwhile, fewer than 4 in 10 say the Democratic Party now stands for something, while a slight majority say it "just stands against Trump". Fifty-two percent said all Democrats are focused on is opposing Trump.

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