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