Trump Hits Lowest Approval Rating As President

Isaac Cain
May 20, 2017

New polling indicates that President Donald Trump's favorability has dipped to a new low following a series of controversies.

The president's highest approval rating during his tenure happened in the March 9 poll. The mid-May opinion poll found that only 38-percent of adults approved of Trump while 56-percent disapproved. Do you think they need to tone it down? Gallup's daily tracking poll, for example, set Trump's record low at 35 percent on March 28.

While it is the polls lowest recorded approval since Trump took office on January 20, other polls have recorded lower numbers in the past. The information had been provided by a key US ally and could have potentially compromised an asset within the Islamic State group (ISIS), The Washington Post reports. The remaining 6 percent said they had "mixed feelings" about the president.

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That comes after a week of revelations about the President's handling of classified information-sharing it with Russian officials-and allegations that he pressed then FBI director James Comey to end an investigation of his former national security advisor's contacts with Russian officials-the President denies it. Even Republican voters are starting to show frustration, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, as 23% said they disapproved of Trump - up from 16% in the same poll from last week. The president had allegedly requested that Comey drop the probe during a private meeting, The New York Times reports.

Reports that Trump disclosed very sensitive classified material obtained from a Middle East ally regarding the threat of a terrorist attack was widely seen by voters: 84 percent said they'd heard "a lot" or "some" about the disclosure. Only 45.3 percent disapproved of the job he's done. A majority of voters (58 percent) called the disclosure inappropriate, including 85 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 27 percent of Republicans.

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