President Trump’s approval rating in office continues to plummet and is the lowest rating of any president in the past 70 years. With a deteriorating popularity among the American people, the low rating could be based upon the perceptions of Trump’s leadership role on the world stage.
Other factors hindering Trump’s approval rating point to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the ill-fated Republican health care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Nearing six months in office, Trump‘s overall approval rating dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent of American’s say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.
Trump’s leadership on the world stage is viewed as weaker by about 48 percent of American’s since his inauguration; when compared to only 27 percent who state the leadership is stronger. Despite his campaigning on “Making America Great Again” as the “Staunch businessman”— skilled at making deals for the good of the country, majorities in the poll expressed concerns about Trump’s leadership; stating they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders, specifically his dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s approval rating, points to merely one-third of all Americans who state they trust the president either “a good deal” or “a great amount” with foreign negotiations. When specifically asked about Trump-Putin negotiations, almost 2 in 3 say they do not trust Trump “much,” including 48 percent who say they do not trust the president “at all.”
Public perception, specifically Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the cloud hanging over the Trump camp, with accusations of possible collusion has set the tone for partisan divide.
The Post-ABC poll reports 60 percent of Americans believe Russia’s goal was to influence the election outcome, up slightly from 56 percent in April. The report finds 44 percent suspect Russian interference and think it benefited from their efforts. Although some views about ‘Russian interference have not changed much since the spring, approximately 4 in 10 believe members of Trump’s campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election.
The views of Americans’ on Russia’s role in the election are divided along partisan lines. Among Democrats, 8 in 10 believe Russia attempted to influence the election and more than 6 in 10 think members of Trump’s team sought to aid their efforts. Among Republicans, only one-third think Russia tried to influence the election outcome, and fewer than 1 in 10 think Trump’s associates tried to help them.
The New York Times reported on last week that Donald Trump Jr. and two other senior campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer and other after they were informed of damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The information was part of a Russian government effort to help Trump win the election according to the exclusive in the New York Times article.
More than 6 in 10 Americans say the meeting was inappropriate, with about a quarter saying it was appropriate. Nearly half of all Republicans call the meeting appropriate.
On one front, suspicions of Trump have eased at least slightly. While 52 percent think he is trying to interfere with investigations into Russia’s possible election interference, the
Trump’s approval rating on the economy, compared to his overall rating, is roughly one-to-one, with 43 percent giving him positive marks and 41 percent giving him negative ratings. In contrast, fewer than 4 in 10 say the Democratic Party currently stands for something, while a slight majority says it “just stands against Trump.”
Looking at Trump’s plummeting numbers, his popularity is on a downward spiral. During Obama and Bush’s first terms their approval ratings were mirror opposites.
Both Obama and Bush held a 59 percent job approval rating in Post-ABC polling. Trump’s standing is closer Bill Clinton’s, record low 43 percent approval in late June 1993, before rebounding later that year.
Half of Americans believe Trump is performing far worse than most past presidents, while just under one-quarter say he is doing better, and a similar share says he is fairing about the same as previous presidents. A 55 percent majority say Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals.
The survey sheds light on numerous causes for Trump’s presidency. As Republican Senators attempt to pass major health-care legislation, the poll points to approximately twice as many Americans that prefer the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, to GOP plans for replacing it—50 to 24 percent. About a quarter polled volunteer “neither,” say they want something else or offer no opinion.
Independents play a crucial role in the Republican law’s struggles. They favor Obamacare over the GOP replacement by a 29-point margin. Democrats are more strongly behind the current law, with 77 percent preferring Obamacare to the proposed alternative. Only 59 percent of Republicans back their party’s proposal, while only 11 percent say they prefer Obamacare. The remaining 30 percent of Republicans say they prefer neither, something else or give no opinion.
A key issue in the debate over the Republican plan, the public by 63 to 27 percent states, it’s more important for the government to provide health coverage to low-income people rather than cutting taxes. Republican proposals include major reductions in spending increases for Medicaid while eliminating many taxes and fees imposed by the 2010 Affordable Care Act to expand the program.
Beyond Trump’s struggles, the poll shows risks of Democrats’ opposition to Trump. Roughly 37 percent state the party currently stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Trump. Among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own party’s agenda.
The Post-ABC poll was conducted July 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on cellular and landline phones. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.