WASHINGTON – After nearly six months in office, US President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dipped to 36 per cent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday.
Trump reacted to the survey by downplaying the result and questioning the accuracy of the poll.
“The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s overall approval rating was down from 42 per cent in April.
According to the poll, Trump’s disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 per cent. Overall, 48 per cent say they “disapprove strongly” of the current US president’s performance in office.
The fresh survey indicates that nearly half of all people in the United States (48 per cent) see the country’s leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated in January, compared with 27 per cent who say it is stronger.
Only a third of those polled trust the president to do a good job in international negotiations, while two-thirds do not trust him in potential dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump met this month of the first time.
Trump continues to be damaged by the investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential elections, with some 40 per cent thinking Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the vote.
Some 60 per cent of US citizens think Russia sought to interfere, though Democrats are far more likely to believe that than members of Trump’s Republican Party.
A June 2016 meeting revealed last week between Trump’s eldest son, top aides and several Russians in an apparent bid to acquire negative information about Democrat Hillary Clinton was viewed by more than 60 per cent as inappropriate, even as nearly half of Republicans viewed the meeting as appropriate.
Fifty per cent of US citizens say the 45th president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 per cent say he is doing better than his predecessors.
A similar share say he is faring about the same as previous presidents, according to a summary of results published by the Washington Post.
Meanwhile, 55 per cent say Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals. -dpa