President Trump isn’t going to like this. Earlier in the year, he claimed that all negative polls are fake news, but a new very real poll has his approval rating at a record low for a president only six months into their administration.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted over the period of July 10 through July 13 has Trump’s approval rating at a meager 36 percent. 58 percent of voters, on the other hand, actively disapprove of the job that Trump is doing as president — and it’s not hard to see why.
For instance, the Trump Administration’s push to pass a healthcare bill that will strip health coverage from an estimated tens of millions of people is continuing, as is the president’s seeming insistence on isolating the United States in global affairs in the interest of putting “America First.”
An approval rating of only 36 percent at this point in a presidential administration is the lowest recorded at any point in the past seventy years. The last president to come close was Gerald Ford, who was coming off the Watergate scandal. Six months into Ford’s presidency, he had an approval rating of about 39 percent.
Obama’s approval rating at this same point in his presidency was a full 20 points higher than Trump’s, at 59 percent. Bill Clinton’s approval rating six months into his presidency was 45 percent.
Trump also falls short on more specific questions besides that of his overall approval. 48 percent of Americans think that the United States’ leadership in the world has gotten weaker under the Trump administration, while only 27 percent — far fewer than the number of Americans who approve of the president overall — think that America’s leadership on the world stage has gotten stronger under Trump.
A full 66 percent of Americans either trust Trump “just some” or “not at all” to negotiate with world leaders on America’s behalf, with the majority of those voters — 47 percent — falling in the “not at all” category. Only about a third of Americans trust Trump a “great deal” or a “good amount” to negotiate with other world leaders on America’s behalf.
What kind of future does it lay out for the United States if a majority of Americans either barely or flat-out don’t trust their president?
As for one last question — that of Russia — a full 63 percent of Americans think that it was “inappropriate” for Donald Trump Jr. to take his now infamous 2016 meeting with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who someone had promised him would be handing off dirt on Hillary Clinton.
On a related note, 41 percent of Americans think that Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election and that the Trump campaign helped in those efforts in some capacity.
Trump maintains his strongest support in this latest poll among those who have always made up his base — white, rural, Protestant males.
Check out the progression of Trump’s approval rating over time below, via the Huffington Post.
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