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Donald Trump's Approval Rating Slips In Latest Politico Poll

18 May 2017

Eight points underwater, it's also his lowest net approval rating since taking office.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said President Trump may have "engaged in obstruction of justice in the Oval Office" after bombshell reports surfaced Tuesday describing a conversation between the president and the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey.

Just 42 percent of registered voters said they approved of the job Trump has done, while 50 percent disapproved, according to the new survey. The approval average is now near the low Trump has seen during his presidency, at 39.9 percent approval.

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The survey was conducted quickly, last Thursday and Friday, after the unexpected announcement that Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

Still, 79 percent of Republicans overall approve of the job the president is doing and just 16 percent disapprove. Slightly more Republicans (14 percent vs. 10 percent) said Trump was wrong to remove Comey, although the same share (62 percent) still said he was right.

The Trump administration found itself in more trouble on Monday night, when The Washington Post claimed in a report that the president shared classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, during a White House meeting last week. When Trump took office, 56 percent of his voters strongly approved of his job performance. "Today that number stands at 42 percent".

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Trump won November's presidential election by gaining a major electoral lead over his rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, despite losing the popular vote. Forty-two percent say Trump acted inappropriately, up from 34 percent in the previous poll.

President Trump likes to proclaim his supposed popularity, despite losing the popular vote in the U.S. election but still taking the White House thanks to the country's electoral college system.

The new survey shows a plurality of voters continue to oppose the new GOP health care bill.

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The weekly Politico/Morning Consult survey "has tended to show more positive results for Trump than most other public polls", Politico notes. The Gallup survey interviewed 1,500 USA adults over the telephone and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. It's actually a Politico-Morning Consult poll.

Donald Trump's Approval Rating Slips In Latest Politico Poll