Trump's approval rating strikes a new low

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

Around half of Americans (48%) believe that the investigation into dealings between Trump associates and Russian Federation is politically motivated, as shown by a poll conducted by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA on behalf of CBS News.

Trump's approval rating is down 2 points from the previous Pew poll conducted in October, which was itself down from the 39 percent in polls going back to February. In October, the president saw a 34 percent approval rating.

The poll also found that disapproval of the President's job performance is at 63%, and just 14% of those who disapprove of his presidential performance say they can think of something he's done that they've been happy with.

Thirty percent of respondents said that they believe there was definitely improper communications with Moscow, while another 29 percent said that such contacts probably occurred.

A total of 67 of the poll's participants said that senior Trump advisors were "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to have improper dealings with Russian Federation before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, while a total of 26% said that it was "not very likely" or "not at all likely".

"Since Trump became president, his job approval ratings have been more polarized than past presidents during their first year in office". Only 12 percent of those who said there was probably or definitely no improper contact held the same view.

In a major development last week, Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the month before Trump took office.

Meanwhile, President Trump's poll numbers have dropped sharply among Republicans since he took office, down to 76 percent from 84 percent in February. "Trump's early-term unpopularity is unusual".

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