Trump sees his historically terrible public standing as 'not bad'

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

He brushed off an ABC/Washington Post poll over the weekend showing his approval rating down at 36 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they "disapprove strongly" of the current USA president's performance in office. ABC News notes that is a six-point decrease from his 100-day numbers, and one that is approached only by Gerald Ford, who reached 39 percent in 1975.

Respondents also seem to hold a more negative view of Trump's capabilities on the world stage, with just 27% saying America's global leadership has gotten strong since he took office, while 48% believe it has gotten weaker.

When asked about a 2016 meeting Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of Trump, had with a Russian lawyer in a hope to get hands on materials allegedly helpful for his father's campaign, 63 percent considered the meeting as inappropriate.

And as Trump seeks to lead the Republican Party in developing a replacement for former President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, about 2-1 say they prefer "Obamacare" to the Republican proposal. Trump has become the most unpopular US President in last 70 years of the US history.

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Americans who disapprove of Trump - 58 percent in the Post-ABC poll - offered a different range of responses focusing more heavily on his personal and character traits. Among the world leaders that people don't want their president to negotiate with is Russian President Vladimir Putin, over rumors of Moscow meddling into the presidential election, the poll said.

The poll, in which more results will be released later this week, according to the report, surveyed "adults" and not necessarily "voters".

Meanwhile, 55 percent say Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals. Among groups, half of white evangelicals see him as a good role model, fewer than might be expected in a key support group. "Almost 40 percent is not bad at this time", he tweeted. In a seeming effort to cover all possible bases, he suggested that the poll might be inaccurate, inflated his reported approval rating, and proposed that being hated by 60% of his constituents was perhaps not that bad. Overall, only 60 percent of Americans believe Russian Federation tried to meddle at all, illustrating the power of partisan news media to deflect the findings of several US intelligence agencies.

Forty-three percent approve of the president's handling of the economy, while 41 percent disapprove.

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