Harvard poll releases new job-approval ratings on Trump


The latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll shows that according to its respondents, President Donald J. Trump’s job approval rating hit a new low in November, and has been in decline for three months straight.

Reporting results far different from those released by Rasmussen Reports on Monday, the Harvard poll found that 41 percent of respondents approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 59 percent disapprove. Rasmussen showed the president currently has a 46 percent approval rating according to likely voters, with 53 percent who were not happy.

The Harvard survey’s results indicate the president’s numbers are still in decline, going from 45 percent approval in September to a previous low of 42 percent in October. The poll shows Trump’s highest marks in March when he enjoyed a 49 percent approval rate. Despite the low numbers, however, the poll found that 79 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Trump voters approve of the job he is doing.

On RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump has a 38 percent job approval rating, a historic low for a first-term president at this point in the term, The Hill reports.

The Harvard poll also found distrust for the tax reform bill the GOP is currently touting. According to the poll, 54 percent of voters say they oppose the GOP’s tax-reform bill, and the same amount said the plan will negatively impact their finances. A full 75 percent of Republicans say it will benefit them financially, but 77 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents say the opposite.

Other notable findings:

  • 73 percent said they support broad efforts to overhaul the tax code.
  • 58 percent said the country is on the wrong track.
  • 45 percent said the economy is on the right track.
  • 39 percent said the president’s trip to Asia went well.
  • 54 percent said Trump is not improving as a diplomat.
  • 57 percent disapprove of the way he is handling North Korea.
  • 76 percent said Trump should stop tweeting, including 59 percent of Republicans.
  • 64 percent said Trump’s tweets cause them to view him less favorably.

On Russia, 38 percent said they think special counsel Robert Mueller has found hard evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian agents in the 2016 election. Interestingly, 64 percent of voters, including 53 percent of Democrats, believe that investigations are hurting the country.

Regarding both campaigns during the 2016 election cycle, 44 percent said a special counsel needs to investigate both campaigns, and 21 percent said only Hillary Clinton needs to be investigated. But 61 percent said the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee should be investigated by a special counsel for their involvement in the dossier created by Fusion GPS. Sixty-six percent of voters said the dossier is less credible due to Democratic involvement, and 58 percent say it cannot be relied upon.

Sixty-five percent of voters say there should be an investigation into the Uranium One deal, during which a $145 million contribution was made to the Clinton Foundation before the company earned uranium rights, a controversial deal that was arranged while Clinton was secretary of state and eventually saw Russia owning the rights.

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