Trump is hitting new approval lows at precisely the wrong time

Kelly Massey
May 18, 2017

US President Donald Trump listens to remarks from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) during a joint statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Trump's approval rating has hit a new low, according to a new survey.

The latest Gallup poll data, released on Monday, gives Trump a 38 percent approval rating and a 56 percent disapproval rating. At the same time, the same polls also showed that he is the most popular president in the modern history in the eyes of the Republican voters.

That approval rating is the lowest mark yet in any Politico/Morning Consult poll since Trump took office.

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The White House has been roiled by controversy following's Trump's decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey, who was overseeing two important probes that shaped the Republican president's previous year victory against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Three out of four respondents said they favored an independent commission or prosecutor to investigate possible Russian influence, while just 15 percent favored an investigation led by Congress. Trump has resisted a special prosecutor or independent commission. Even more worrying for the Trump administration: Morale is declining among Trump's own base.

Of the six presidents who came before Trump, the Republican Ronald Reagan, who was in office from 1981 to 1989, had the highest comparable approval rating at 68%. According to the polling firm, Trump's approval rating stood at 51 percent on April 20; by April 27, it was 48 percent; and by May 4 it was 44 percent.

42 percent of self-identified Trump voters approve of his performance. That's down 7 percentage points from the prior poll, earlier this month. In the wake of this turmoil in the White House, Democrats have been watching vulnerable Republican House and Senate seats very closely.

The new survey shows a plurality of voters continue to oppose the new GOP health care bill. Among Republicans, 49% said wealthy Americans pay too little, 21% the right amount, and 19% too much. It's actually a Politico-Morning Consult poll.

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