New poll reveals remarkable change in public's view of the Trump presidency

Geneva Matthews
June 22, 2017

Despite tweeting over the weekend about his approval rating being at 50 percent in one poll, President Donald Trump is losing to confidence of Americans according to a new poll from CBS News.

While the latest CBS News Poll shows the his approval rating slipping a bit among Republicans, most (72 percent) still like the overall job he is doing. In fact, it even received a lower approval rating than his handling of other current issues, such as terrorism, which got 44 percent; the recent shooting, which got 46 percent; and the economic issues, which got 42 percent.

Only 9 percent of Democrats now approve of Trump, a number that has dropped one percentage point since Trump passed the 100-day mark in April. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points for the full sample.

"Trump should still be in his honeymoon period among Republicans", Bump observes. Another 27% said the investigation is serious but not as serious as other issues.

In addition, the television network said its poll showed Trump losing support among Republicans. Only 28 percent of those polled approve of the way he's handled the Russian Federation investigation.

The weighted average from data-focused website FiveThirtyEight had Trump's approval rating at 38.7 percent Tuesday morning, while his disapproval stood at 55.3 percent.

The biggest factor in the drop appears to be connected to the investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election previous year.

Most Americans (56 percent) believe that the special counsel's investigation will be impartial, rejecting any assertions to the contrary, and think that the president should not do anything to try to stop it.

Most Americans, 57 percent, believe Comey more than Trump, 31 percent.

Trump scored better on his handling of several domestic matters, though he failed to earn more than 50% approval on any of them. And 65 percent said they think it is at least somewhat likely that someone in Trump's campaign had improper contact with the Russian government. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

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