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Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Trump Approval Drops to Lowest Point Since Inauguration

Friday, May 19, 2017 14:02
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President Donald Trump’s public approval ratings have dropped to the lowest level since he took office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday.

The online opinion poll, conducted from May 14 to May 18, found 38 percent approval, 6 percent “mixed feelings” and 56 percent disapproval, a super-majority.

The negative rating comes after a wave of critical news reports on the Trump administration’s handling of intelligence, its alleged ties to Russia and the dismissal of FBI head James Comey.

Trump maintains that he is the victim of a witch hunt, claiming that no politician in history “has been treated worse of more unfairly.”

While Trump remains somewhat popular within his own party, several Republicans cautiously distanced themselves from the administration after the Washington Post published a story slamming the president for sharing sensitive intelligence on the Islamic State with the Russians earlier this week.

“We could do with a little less drama from the White House,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview on Bloomberg TV.

Republican Senator Bob Corker said the White House was in “a downward spiral” on Monday night, while Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse told the Daily Mail “It’s not helpful that this was with the Russians, right, I mean this is just weird.”

Texas Democratic congressman Al Green was the second representative to recommend impeachment in recent weeks.

“He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms,” Green said on Monday.

While Trump likely did not commit a crime in sharing intelligence with the Russian foreign minister, it has only added to a long line of accusations about Russian collusion faced by the president since he took office.

According to earlier poll data, Trump’s highest approval rating came on Mar. 9 at 49 percent, but has since dropped significantly to its current low point.

The poll was conducted in English across the United States and gathered responses from 1,971 adults, including 721 Republicans and 795 Democrats.

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