Global lead­er­ship de­cline, stalled agenda, health-care bill drag pres­i­dent’s ap­proval

Toronto Star - - WORLD - SCOTT CLE­MENT AND DAN BALZ THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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

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

The pres­i­dent’s strong­est as­sets con­tinue to be the healthy econ­omy and a view among many Amer­i­cans that the Democrats do not have a co­her­ent op­po­si­tion, other than op­po­si­tion to the pres­i­dent.

Half of Amer­i­cans say Trump is do­ing a worse job than most past pres­i­dents, while just un­der onequar­ter say he is do­ing bet­ter, and a sim­i­lar share say he is far­ing about the same as pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents.

The Post-ABC poll was con­ducted July 10-13 among a ran­dom na­tional sam­ple of 1,001 adults reached on cel­lu­lar and lan­d­line phones. The mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror for over­all re­sults is plus or mi­nus 3.5 per­cent­age points.

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