66 percent of Americans under 30 disapprove of President Trump, poll finds

Lawrence Kim
May 6, 2017

There's an unconventional new president in the White House, but Washington is still up to its old tricks, engaged in familiar brinkmanship just days from a potential government shutdown.

The latest University of Virginia Center of Politics survey found that 93% of Trump voters said they approved of the President's job performance.

He also cited the 30 executive actions, many rolling back Obama-era orders, and one calling for the elimination of two regulations for every one added.

While the new U.S. president has shown a capacity to change both his tone and his positions, Trump has struggled to convey a clearly articulated worldview. Ironically, records show that the concept of a 100-day marker was something Trump previously applauded in many a campaign speech. Among Democrats, 87 percent disapprove of Trump's performance, while 88 percent of Republicans approve of the way he is handling the job. That is the lowest rating for any president at this point in their first term since pollsters began asking about public approval in 1945. Since taking office on January 20, his approval rating has hovered around 40 percent in most polls.

"I think the 100 days is, you know, it's an artificial barrier", Trump told the AP on April 23.

The new Elon University Poll is out today - and it shows declining support for President Donald Trump in North Carolina. "It's not very meaningful".

For American presidents, this is an important period: Usually Congress is willing to make its biggest concessions while the new president is still popular. Only 24 percent say they trust the president to do so.

If this sounds familiar, it's because the White House ran into the exact same problem with Trump's Muslim ban - twice - proving once again that the president and his team are often their own worst enemies.

Trump has asked his son-in-law to head up the Office of American Innovation to revamp the federal bureaucracy, but it's way too early to say how that's going. Among those who voted for him last November, Trump's approval rating stands at an impressive 94 percent.

Both style and substance reveal that Donald J. Trump is an American president like no other before him.

The bad news wasn't Trump's alone.

Democrats also took part in recent protests over the president's refusal to release his tax returns and they are focused on a special congressional election in Georgia in June that some see as a test of Trump's popularity.

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