70 percent say Trump acts unpresidential

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

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-six percent said they believed Trump's unpresidential behavior is "damaging to the presidency". No president has been this unpopular six months into his term in 70 years.

A June 2016 meeting revealed last week between Trump's eldest son, top aides and several Russians in an apparent bid to acquire negative information about Democrat Hillary Clinton was viewed by more than 60 percent as inappropriate, even as almost half of Republicans viewed the meeting as appropriate.

Mr Trump's approval rating is also down six points since his 100-day milestone.

However, Mr Trump took to Twitter to denigrate the poll, saying it had been "just about the most inaccurate" during the election previous year.

Just under half of respondents (48 percent) said that America's leadership in the world has gotten weaker under Trump, while only 34 percent answered that they trust the president to negotiate on the United States' behalf with other world leaders to a good or great deal.

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Two-thirds of Americans do not believe the President is capable of negotiating and interacting with other world leaders on the worldwide stage, most particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The poll, in which more results will be released later this week, according to the report, surveyed "adults" and not necessarily "voters".

Secondly, to say it is "not bad at this time" is just plain false. Though responses split along partisan lines, the poll found that 60% of Americans believe Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election, and 44% thought Trump benefitted from it, while almost 40% said they thought the Trump campaign might have colluded in it.

However, Trump polled better on the economy, with 43% approving of how the president is handling the economy, and a further 41% disapproving of his performance on the economy.

Trump's disapproval rating has risen to 58 percent in the national survey, which was conducted last Monday through Thursday. And ahead of a possible Senate vote to repeal Obamacare, a move championed by the president, Americans prefer the Affordable Care Act to Republicans' shambolic replacement plan by a 50-24 margin. That's not to say Americans are feeling positive about the Democratic Party.

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