According to a new Harvard-Harris survey announced Monday, President Trump’s job approval rating has reached a new low, as the survey claims a full 58 percent of Americans now disapprove of the job he is doing in the White House.
The poll was an online survey conducted between Oct. 14-18, among 2,159 registered voters. A revealing factor is the breakdown among party lines – the poll included only 32 percent Republicans, with the remainder being 36 percent Democrats, 28 percent Independents and 4 percent others.
The survey claims that President Trump’s approval rating jumped to 45 percent when he received praise over his response to the hurricanes that hit America’s Gulf coast in September, but fell three points after his criticism of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and comments to a Gold Star widow.
The left’s criticism of President Trump’s response to the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico has also impacted his approval rating, the report noted.
The president shot out a tweet on Saturday, agreeing with another Twitter user who observed that all the focus on Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s criticism of Trump’s condolence call to the Gold Star widow is just being used as a distraction to take the focus off the news about the uranium bribery scandal involving Russia, former President Obama and the Clintons.
People get what is going on! https://t.co/Pdg7VqQv6M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
The Harvard-Harris survey claimed that 51 percent of people disapproved of Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico: “Trump has a strong economy and majority support for the job he is doing on the economy — normally enough to shoot any president’s ratings sky high,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn. “But the intra-party war and dust kicked up on Puerto Rico and his way of responding has people on edge about his leadership. He continues to maintain his tweets work for him despite the evidence they divide critical swing voters from his appeal.”
Trump’s job approval rating for his handling of the economy is more than 50 percent. He also has 50-percent support on terrorism, but is underwater on immigration and foreign affairs. The president gets his lowest marks – 38 percent – on his ability to administer the government.
Sixty percent of voters say the country is on the wrong track, but 62 percent described the economy as “strong.”
Trump maintains a tight grip on his base, with 80 percent of Republicans saying they approve of the job he’s doing.
And the president is more popular than the GOP leaders in Congress or the Republican Party writ large.
Trump is viewed favorably by 41 percent of voters and unfavorably by 56 percent.
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