Despite low approval rating and controversies, Trump pushes forward

Despite low approval rating and controversies, Trump pushes forward

Despite low approval rating and controversies, Trump pushes forward

Donald Trump is not happy about a new poll showing he has the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in the past 70 years.

Half of respondents, 50 percent, said Trump's performance in office has been worse than his predecessors, while just 23 percent it was better.

Trump has a solid 36 percent approval rating, three points below previous record-holder Gerlad Ford.

Trump's 58 percent disapproval rating is also an all-time high - and a full seven points higher than the second-highest disapproval rating after six months in office (Bill Clinton in 1993).

Despite having an overall low rating, statistics reveal dramatic differences in approval from different groups - for example, conservative Republicans rate Trump at a 90% approval versus liberal Democrats rating him at 5%.

Political opponents see the email revelations as the most concrete evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election. More worrisome for the administration is that "roughly four in 10 believe members of Mr Trump's campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election, though suspicions have changed little since the spring", the poll said.

Donald Trump is a president who is in the midst of the worst political scandal since Watergate, who has no political capital, and few loyalists in Congress. Trump also has no agenda and no voice or vision for the country.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Just 28 per cent of those polled said they think Trump is making significant progress toward his goals, while 55 per cent think otherwise.

And about half argue that the United States leadership has become weaker under Trump, whereas just 27 percent say it has grown stronger.

Emails released last week show that Trump Jr. believed he was meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with possible ties to the Kremlin, who would provide damaging information about Clinton as part of a Russian broader effort to assist his father's presidential campaign. But nearly half of all Republicans call the meeting appropriate.

The US Senate will "defer" its work on repealing Obamacare for a week as senior lawmaker John McCain recovers from blood-clot surgery, the chamber's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said Saturday. Some 37 percent say the party now stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Mr. Trump.

Only 33 percent of Republicans polled said Russian Federation tried to influence the election, compared with 80 percent of Democrats.

The NBC/WSJ poll surveyed 600 adults from July 8-12 in those 439 counties and has a margin of error of plus-minus 4.0 percentage points.

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