Trump's approval rating dips to 36%


The poll said Trump's job approval is the lowest rating of any of his predecessors after their first six months into United States presidency.

That statistic is just one of the things revealed in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll on Trump and how Americans think he is doing. Fifty-eight per cent disapproved of his first six months, a lot of them "strongly".

The only other president whose approval ratings were as poor six months into his tenure was Gerald Ford, whose approval ratings stood at 39 percent in February 1975.

The fresh survey indicates that almost half of all people in the United States (48 percent) see the country's leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated in January, compared with 27 percent who say it is stronger.

In recent weeks, the storm at the White House over alleged Russian links to Mr Trump's presidential campaign has thickened as an incendiary series of emails showed his son Donald Trump Jr worked to set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have incriminating materials about Hillary Clinton.

Amid a seemingly endless stream of stories set in small-town restaurants wherein President Trump's hard-core supporters explain they don't care about his collusion with Russian Federation, a major new poll underlines a hard truth: He is still really unpopular.

And on a broader global scale, two-thirds of respondents don't trust Trump to competently negotiate with world leaders.

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Trump's rating is also 6 points lower than historic low he reached at his 100-day point.

However, there was some good news for the president, with 43 percent approving of his handling of the economy (41 percent disapprove).

Trump's had his own controversies: 40 percent of those polled said they think members of his campaign tried to help Russians interfere in the 2016 election.

Half of respondents, 50 percent, said they preferred the current law, more than double the 24 percent who said they backed the GOP proposal. And the partisan split on the Russian Federation issue has grown even more extreme, with a mere nine percent of Republicans now believing that the Trump campaign helped Vladimir Putin influence the 2016 election. Meanwhile, only 59 per cent of Republicans back their party's proposal, though only 11 per cent say they prefer Obamacare.

An even worse result on this question has been seen before - as few as 18 percent of Americans saw President Bill Clinton as a positive role model.

The president dismissed his dismal approval rating in a tweet.