Americans approve more of Trump's policies than his character, poll shows

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

President Donald Trump lashed out at the media again Sunday, and dismissed new poll numbers that found historically low approval ratings against him.

The Post-ABC poll finds 60 percent of Americans think Russian Federation tried to influence the election outcome, up slightly from 56 percent in April. That was lower than any president going back to Harry S Truman in 1945. Conversely, 58 percent view Clinton unfavorably compared to the 55 percent or Americans who have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Her approval rating stands at just 39 per cent in the latest Bloomberg National poll - two points below Trump's rating.

Fifty percent of USA citizens say the 45th president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 percent say he is doing better than his predecessors.

There are sharp differences among groups in response to Trump's tweets, even beyond typical partisan and ideological divisions.

Most respondents (66 percent) said they do not or only somewhat trust Trump in negotiating with foreign leaders, especially with Russian President Vladimir Putin (also 66 percent).

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The Republican repeal bills would cut Medicaid by more than $770 billion over 10 years and use some of the savings to reduce taxes for corporations and wealthy Americans.

The presidential approval poll surveyed adults in those "Trump counties" that either flipped from former President Barack Obama or where Trump trumped Mitt Romney's 2012 performance.

The poll doesn't ask any other questions, which makes it even more notable. About a quarter volunteer either "neither", say they want something else, or offer no opinion.

Republicans' legislative struggles may also be weighing on Trump's popularity. Democrats are more strongly behind the current law, with 77 percent preferring Obamacare to the proposed alternative. Almost four in 10 Republicans, 38 percent, say his conduct has been unpresidential rather than "fitting and proper" for a president. Republican proposals include major reductions in spending increases for Medicaid, while eliminating many taxes and fees imposed by the 2010 Affordable Care Act to expand the program.

While 32 percent of respondents believed Trump would build a border wall in December, that number dropped to 30 percent this month.

The revelations prompted a congressman from Mr Trump's own party to call for the removal of his children from the presidential administration. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 per cent.

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