Trump tweets his approval rating is higher than Obama's

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Almost a third of Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican party think Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic institutions, and a quarter disapprove of the job he's doing as president.

Within a couple of hours after the poll results were released, Trump took to Twitter to proclaim that the 50% approval rating he received this month is "great news".

The figurative wrestling match between the state's top three officials jiggled their approval ratings, but not by much, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

"Sound of the atom splitting. coming from Rasmussen, most accurate poll of '16", Drudge said in a rare tweet Friday.

Right-leaning Rasmussen Reports, which has consistently shown Trump with higher approval ratings than other pollsters, provided Trump with some rare good news with the release of its latest poll. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

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Eighty percent of Republicans rated Trump's job performance positively.

Because Trump was not the Texas favorite in the Republican presidential primary contest - Sen. Among Tea Party Republicans, Abbott gets approving nods from 90 percent; Patrick from 78 percent. But 15 percent of Republicans hold a positive view of Russian Federation, 45 percent a negative view, and 40 percent are neutral. "Texas Republicans are holding steady", said Jim Henson, co-director of the poll and head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

Given the mutually reinforcing effects of partisan polarization in the electorate and the intensity of both positive and negative feelings toward Trump, it is no surprise that the poll reveals that Democratic attitudes are the opposite, with the qualification that they are slightly more negative than the Republicans are positive. Forty-seven percent said he was incompetent, while 46 percent said he was competent. His numbers on climate change (64 percent disapprove), foreign policy (63 percent disapprove), immigration (60 percent disapprove) and the economy (55 percent disapprove) underscore that Republicans risk their own political future if they rubber-stamp Trump's policy choices.

Asked to rate the job Congress is doing, 15 percent said they approve, while 67 percent disapprove.

The internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted June 2 to 11 and has a margin of error of 2.83 percentage points.

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