Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Fernando Stephens
May 20, 2017

New polling indicates that President Donald Trump's favorability has dipped to a new low following a series of controversies.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday indicates only 38 percent of us adults now approve of the president, while 56 percent said they disapprove of his performance.

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Prior to now, Trump's lowest point was 79 percent approval among Republicans on the day he was sworn into office, January 20. On Monday, media reported that Trump had shared classified information with Russian officials; on Tuesday, it was revealed that fired FBI Director James Comey had expressed concern that the president was pressuring Comey to stop investigating his campaign ties to Russia. Most voters (52 percent) said they weren't confident in President Trump's ability to keep the country safe from terrorism and 50 percent said he wasn't "able to serve as commander-in-chief".

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45 percent say they have an unfavorable opinion of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., while 34 percent had a favorable view of him. A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week put that number at 16 percent. The decline in support from Republicans appears to be a primary reason why Mr Trump's overall approval rating is now at the lowest level since he took office. The president had allegedly requested that Comey drop the probe during a private meeting, The New York Times reports.

53 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as president, while 41 percent approve. A majority of voters (58 percent) called the disclosure inappropriate, including 85 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 27 percent of Republicans.

Fifty-eight percent of voters said it was inappropriate for Trump to share the information, while just 22% said it was appropriate.

Aggregating the seven national surveys released between May 13 through May 18, RealClearPolitics found that Trump has an average approval rating of 40 percent while an average 55 percent disapprove of his job performance.

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