Trump's approval rating sinks to 39 percent, another low


A new Gallup poll testing worldwide confidence in the leaders of global powers reveals that "median approval of United States leadership across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low of 30 percent", down from 48 percent in 2016. It dropped 40 percentage points in Canada and 28 points among Mexicans, who have been a frequent target of Trump's insults and on whose border Trump is trying to erect a wall.

One in five respondents cited the low unemployment rate and recent stock market records as Trump administration accomplishments.

From unprecedented tax reform to controversial rhetoric, President Donald Trump's first year was marked by extreme highs and lows, depending on whom you ask. President Trump himself has mingled the concerns of his business empire with his role as president, appointed family members to his senior staff, filled other high positions with lobbyists and representatives of special interests, and refused to abide by disclosure and transparency practices observed by his predecessors. The same percentage of disapproving Democrats say reducing federal regulations on business is good for the country.

An overwhelming 73 percent of Americans said they did not think the president was a genius while just 21 percent of respondents in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday agreed with the president's claims that he is a genius. The president's party loses an average of more than 36 seats in Congress when his approval is below 50 percent.

Half of voters also believe the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, the ABC News/Washington Post poll found. Only 29 percent approve of what he has done so far which is a far cry from the 44 percent of men polled.

Half of all Americans also say they believe Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians, and an nearly identical percentage say they believe the president tried to interfere with the investigation.

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"We were kind of thinking we were going to relax and put Trump behind us and just watch all the great promises that he gave us, and watch him make America great again", said Michigan Trump supporter Meshawn Maddock. "We are very proud of it", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he signed it.

The survey found wall-to-wall declines throughout the Americas - with the biggest shift in the next-door neighbour to the north. Approval of USA leadership plummeted in every country in the region in 2017.

In its report, "Freedom in the World", Freedom House writes that democracy "finds itself battered and weakened" today and that the number of countries that suffered setbacks to democracy outnumbered those that registered gains for the 12th consecutive year.

Public opinion is clear on this issue, with 87 percent of Americans saying they support a continuation of the protection for those undocumented young people who have completed high school or served in the military and who have no serious criminal record. About 2 in 3 say the president's use of Twitter has hurt his presidency.

That's not to say everyone in the White House isn't polling well in the U.S.