Poll: Trump's approval rating makes him the least popular first-year president on record (The Hill link): President Trump's low approval rating has made him the least popular first-year president on record, according to an Associated Press-NORC poll released Saturday. The survey shows the president's approval rating sitting at 32 percent, while 67 percent disapprove. Trump's approval rating has remained steady in the poll from September, but is down 10 points from March.
Another AP-NORC poll conducted this month found strongly pessimistic attitudes among Americans toward the president in his first year in office.
Only three in 10 Americans polled said the U.S. is headed in the right direction, while 52 percent said the country is worse off since Trump entered office in January. Forty-five percent of Americans polled said they did not believe that Trump has kept his campaign promises, compared to 23 percent who said he has.
The deeply divided country is more concerned about health care and the economy than any collusion with the Kremlin, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But the survey also shows that Americans are unhappy with the way Trump is dealing with the investigations led by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Most people believe Trump is trying to obstruct the investigations, which have resulted in charges against four of his campaign advisers and increasingly appear focused on the president’s inner circle.
Four in 10 Americans think the president has done something illegal when it comes to Russia, while an additional 3 in 10 say he’s at least done something unethical. And 68 percent disapprove of his response to the investigations.
Mueller receives 58 percent approval and only 28 percent disapproval from Americans. Even among Republicans, nearly 4 in 10 (38 percent approve). A plurality of white men without a college degree (44 percent to 35 percent), a key Trump demographic, approve of Mueller’s performance.
By a margin of 51 percent to 37 percent, Americans do not think Trump is cooperating with the investigation. Even among Republicans (57 percent to 21 percent), voters strongly approve (69 percent to 17 percent) of the indictments for Manafort and Gates. If the two are betting on pardons, they might think again.
Not only would Democrats and quite a few Republicans see that as blatant obstruction (and possible grounds for impeachment), but voters themselves would likely react very negatively. In theory what seemed like a sure bet — “Trump will protect me” — in practice seems increasingly unlikely. (Trump, of course, could not pardon either of them for state crimes, only federal offenses.)
Ominously for Trump, Papadopoulos’s plea and the two indictments suggest to a big majority (53 percent) wrongdoing that goes beyond these three. Thirty percent of Republicans agree.
The results of a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday found that 53 percent of those surveyed said Trump should resign amid accusations from more than a dozen women who claim Trump sexually harassed them before he was elected president.
In contrast, only 42 percent believed Trump should remain president.
Concurrently, 53 percent of those surveyed said they believe the women accusing Trump, while 31 percent did not believe the accusers’ stories.