With approval rating falling further, Trump blames media for 'distorting democracy'

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

His disapproval rating, meanwhile, has risen five points since April to 58 percent while 48 percent say they "disapprove strongly" of Trump's job performance. Fifty-six percent said they believed Trump's unpresidential behavior is "damaging to the presidency".

Approximately so low approval ratings (39%) after six months of his tenure was President Gerald Ford in February 1975.

Despite Mr Trump's claims on the campaign trail to "make America great" on the world stage, the survey found 48 per cent believed the USA has actually been weakened.

The 50 percent approval rating comes from adults in "Trump Counties", "consisting of Republicans, Democrats and independents" who approve of the president's job performance, NBC reported. Among the world leaders that people don't want their president to negotiate with is Russian President Vladimir Putin, over rumors of Moscow meddling into the presidential election, the poll said.

More worrisome for the administration is that "roughly four in 10 believe members of Mr Trump's campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election, though suspicions have changed little since the spring", the poll said.

Earlier, Mr Trump claimed his son had been "scorned by the Fake News Media". A mere 38 percent of Americans say Trump has made significant progress toward advancing his agenda, while 55 percent disagree.

Trump continues to be damaged by the investigation into Russian meddling in the USA presidential elections, with some 40 percent thinking Trump's campaign colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the vote.

On the plus side, opinions about Trump's economic proposals were evenly divided, with 43 percent of respondents approving and 41 percent disapproving.

Just 37 percent said that the Democratic Party "stands for something" while more than half - 52 percent - said it is merely standing in opposition to Trump. He was met with a 42 percent approval rating after he completed 100 days as the president.

Mr Trump's healthcare plans were also unpopular, with less than a quarter of those surveyed preferring the Republican bill to existing laws.

Comparatively, approval ratings remained low among non-white Protestants, college educated white women, Hispanics, and blacks.

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