TRUMP'S RAT­ING PLUNGES TO YEAR LOW

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WASH­ING­TON (Xin­hua) – A new poll showed Sun­day the ap­proval rat­ing for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who ap­proaches six months in of­fice, sits at 36 per­cent af­ter a steady de­cline since spring­time, lower than that of any of his pre­de­ces­sors in 70 years.

Re­sults of the poll, car­ried out by US Broad­caster ABC News and news­pa­per Wash­ing­ton Post, come amid a wider per­cep­tions of a de­cline in US global in­flu­ence, a much-de­layed Repub­li­can agenda, and un­fold­ing sto­ries about al­leged Rus­sia’s links to the 2016 Trump cam­paign.

Trump re­sponded to the poll in a tweet, say­ing: “The ABC/Wash­ing­ton Post Poll, even though al­most 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most in­ac­cu­rate poll around elec­tion time!”

The fresh poll in­di­cated the over­all ap­proval rat­ing for Trump has dropped to 36 per­cent from 42 per­cent since April, the low­est for any pres­i­dent in polling his­tory since Harry Tru­man at the six-month mark.

Fig­ures showed that the last US pres­i­dent as un­pop­u­lar at the same mark was Ger­ald Ford, with a 39 per- cent of ap­proval rat­ing in Fe­bru­ary, 1975.

Of those sur­veyed, 58 per­cent ex­pressed dis­ap­proval of Trump’s job per­for­mance, among which 48 per­cent said they “dis­ap­prove strongly.”

The poll also showed that 48 per­cent of the re­spon­dents see the US lead­er­ship in the world as weaker since Trump was inau­gu­rated in Jan­uary, with only 27 per­cent be­liev­ing it to be stronger. Two thirds said they do not trust Trump to ne­go­ti­ate with other world lead­ers on the US be­half.

Just 28 per­cent of those polled said they think Trump is mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress to­ward his goals, while 55 per­cent think oth­er­wise.

The US in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity al­leged that Rus­sia med­dled in the US pres­i­den­tial race last year and con­nec­tions ex­isted be­tween the Rus­sian govern­ment and the Trump cam­paign, which the Krem­lin has de­nied.

The ABC-Post poll finds a ma­jor­ity, about 60 per­cent, of Amer­i­cans said they be­lieve Rus­sia tried to med­dle in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, while about 44 per­cent think Trump ben­e­fited from those at­tempts.

Be­sides, roughly 4 in 10 Amer­i­cans said they see Trump’s cam­paign team in­ten­tion­ally helped Rus­sian ef­forts to in­flu­ence the elec­tion.

When asked about a 2016 meet­ing Don­ald Trump Jr., the el­dest son of Trump, had with a Rus­sian lawyer in a hope to get hands on ma­te­ri­als al­legedly help­ful for his father’s cam­paign, 63 per­cent con­sid­ered the meet­ing as in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

On a health care bill sup­ported by Repub­li­cans in a bid to over­haul the coun­try’s ex­ist­ing sys­tem, half of those sur­veyed said they pre­fer the cur­rent one, and only 24 per­cent fa­vored the Trump-pro­posed leg­is­la­tion.

(AFP)

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