Trump’s pop­u­lar­ity con­tin­ues to plum­met

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WASHINGTON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s stand­ing with the Amer­i­can peo­ple has de­te­ri­o­rated since April, buf­feted by per­cep­tions of a de­cline in US lead­er­ship abroad, a stalled pres­i­den­tial agenda at home and an un­pop­u­lar Repub­li­can health-care bill, ac­cord­ing to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Ap­proach­ing six months in of­fice, Trump’s over­all ap­proval rat­ing has dropped to 36% from 42% in April. His dis­ap­proval rat­ing has risen five points to 58%. Over­all, 48% say they “dis­ap­prove strongly” of Trump’s per­for­mance, a level never reached by for­mer pres­i­dents Bill Clin­ton and Barack Obama – and only in the sec­ond term of Ge­orge W Bush.

Al­most half of all Amer­i­cans (48%) see the coun­try’s lead­er­ship in the world as weaker since Trump was in­au­gu­rated, com­pared with 27% who say it is stronger. De­spite the fact that Trump cam­paigned as some­one skilled at mak­ing deals that would be good for the coun­try, the ma­jor­ity also say they do not trust him in ne­go­ti­a­tions with for­eign lead­ers and, in par­tic­u­lar, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Just over a third trust Trump “a great deal” or “a good amount” in for­eign ne­go­ti­a­tions. Asked specif­i­cally about Trump-Putin ne­go­ti­a­tions, al­most 2 in 3 said they do not trust the pres­i­dent much, while 48% said they do not trust him “at all”. Washington Post

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