Trump's Approval Rating Dips Below 40% for First Time After Charlottesville

Frederick Owens
August 24, 2017

The PPP survey shows about 40 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 53 percent who disapprove. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45 percent of Trump voters say it's white people, followed by 17 percent for Native Americans.

Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54 percent of Trump voters says it's Christians, followed by 22 percent for Muslims.

The president's approval rating slipped further underwater, with 35 percent approving and 59 percent disapproving of his performance, for a rating of minus 24.

By a margin of 60 percent to 32 percent, respondents disapproved of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville, and by a similar margin they rejected the way he has handled race relations, the survey showed.

The Morning Consult/POLITICO survey was conducted within a week of Trump's controversial remarks blaming "both sides" for violent clashes between right-wing extremists and counter-protesters over plans to remove a statue of Confederate leader Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.

During a press conference last week, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, where one person died and more were injured when a auto was driven into a group of counterprotesters.

The Quinnipiac poll found 64 percent of national adults view white supremacist groups as a national security threat while 34 percent disagreed.

Most Americans also don't view the Charlottesville tragedy as an isolated incident: 65 percent say the events are more representative of a larger cultural or political issue, rather than a stand-alone event.

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Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told a CNN town hall Monday night that some of Trump's comments on the Charlottesville violence were "morally ambiguous".

There's bipartisan support for relocating the monuments to museums or other locations where they can be given historical context - 72 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents and 46 percent of Republicans would be in favor of this approach. He responded, "I think they've gotten better or the same - look, they've been frayed for a long time".

The July 27 New York City poll found more voters blame Cuomo for poor subways; Cuomo-de Blasio feud hurts city, voters say.

A 58 percent majority among Republican respondents also said that they would prefer to see Vice President Mike Pence take over as the Commander-in-Chief.

And the three key states he often boasts about winning - Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI - have seen his popularity fall below 40 percent too.

In a poll earlier this week by US public radio and television networks and Marist University, 62 percent of respondents said the statues should not be removed.

The May 25 national poll found GOP health plan backers could feel pain at the polls; only 20 percent of US voters support plan. When it comes to Trump voters, though, 45 percent said Jefferson Davis, with 35 percent saying they weren't sure and a mere 20 percent saying Barack Obama.

The poll was conducted August 17-19 among 1,987 registered voters.

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