From his refusal to condemn white supremacy following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville to his recent decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, President Trump did a lot in August to deserve his poor approval ratings. A recent poll shows his ratings are some of the lowest they’ve ever been, largely due to his actions during the last month.
A new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll that was conducted between August 24 and 29 found that, of the 10,129 adults who were surveyed, 61 percent currently view Trump unfavorably. A mere 36 percent of the country views Trump favorably.
The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, also found that 59 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, and only 39 percent approve.
These numbers are down from a March NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll, which found that 56 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump’s work as president and 42 percent approved.
This most recent poll also questioned participants about Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio, who was convicted earlier this summer of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Sixty percent of Americans said that they thought Trump was “wrong” to pardon Arpaio, and 34 percent said they thought his pardon was “the right thing” to do.
Trump has stood by his pardon of Arpaio, despite receiving severe criticism from everyone from members of the American Civil Liberties Union to Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), who said in a statement last week that the pardon “undermines” Trump’s “claim for the respect of rule of law.”
The fact that Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was put in place by President Obama’s administration, has also negatively affected his approval rating.
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they support the program, which allows people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to remain living here, and 30 percent said they do not.
If Trump does allow the DACA program to expire, more than 1 million people would be affected.
These severe consequences have caused many to implore Trump to reconsider ending the program. Vanita Gupta, director of the Leadership Conference on Human Rights and former head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Obama, said that ending DACA would be a “grave moral and legal error,” especially after the violence that took place in Charlottesville.
Trump promised to cancel DACA during his campaign. However, after he took office, he said that people covered by the program could “rest easy” because his priority was deporting criminals.
Clearly, the majority of Americans want Trump to stick to his later promise, rather than the one he made on the campaign trail.
The poll also found that, in general, the majority of Americans believe that undocumented immigrants who are working in the U.S. should be given the opportunity to apply for legal status. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they think these individuals should be given this chance, and only 26 percent said they should be deported.
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