Americans approve more of Trump's policies than his character, poll shows

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

President Trump's standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in us leadership overseas, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health-care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Overall, 63 percent of Americans said the meeting was inappropriate while 60 percent think Russian Federation tried to influence the election and 44 percent say the Trump campaign benefited from the Kremlin's efforts.

The approval rating was the lowest in the poll's 70-year history, and eclipsed the 1975 mark of 39 per cent for Gerald Ford in February 1975 after he pardoned Richard Nixon in the fallout of the Watergate scandal.

The poll also showed that 48 percent of the respondents see the U.S. leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated in January, with only 27 per cent believing it to be stronger.

President Donald Trump already had low approval ratings.

The country may seem hopelessly divided, butthepeople who strongly approve and disapprove of Trump have something in common: When asked what they love or hate most about the president, 12 percent of strong approvers and 14 percent of strong disapprovers volunteered "everything".

Two-thirds of respondents said they do not trust Trump, or trust him only somewhat, in negotiating with foreign leaders.

Trump obviously got word of the results, and took to his favourite form of social media to vent his. well, they're not exactly frustrations, but. we're not exactly sure what we should be calling them. More than a quarter of Democrats-27 percent-say their party "just stands against Trump".

Not only is Trump stunningly unpopular, but his support has already been reduced to base levels, and the bad news for this White House is that there is plenty of room for him to drop. And the partisan split on the Russian Federation issue has grown even more extreme, with a mere nine percent of Republicans now believing that the Trump campaign helped Vladimir Putin influence the 2016 election. 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".

The president dismissed his dismal approval rating in a tweet.

It also found 60 per cent of Americans think Russian Federation tried to influence the presidential race, and of those 67 per cent say Trump aides were complicit.

Figures showed that the last U.S. president as unpopular at the same mark was Gerald Ford, with a 39 per cent of approval rating in February, 1975.

That poll, released on the eve of the vote, showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 4 points (47 percent to 43 percent) nationally.

The poll also reveals Americans are not really believing that they'd be better off by the Republican plan to replace Obamacare.

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