Jul 16, 2017
President Donald Trump's six-month approval rating is the lowest of any president in the past 70 years.
That's according to the results of an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Sunday, which show that 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Barack Oabama's rating at the 6-month point, by comparison, was 59 percent.
Trump's rating is also 6 points lower than historic low he reached at his 100-day point.
Looking at his base, 61 percent of evangelical white Protestants approve of his performance, while 55 percent of white men without a college degree expressed their approval. Just 15 percent of blacks, meanwhile, expressed support for his performance.
Trump, for his part, took to his @realdonaldtrump Twitter account to dismiss the results by writing that "almost 40% is not bad at this time," and said that the ABC/Washington Post Poll "was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!"
\u201cThe ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1500214225
(Time also notes that the "tweet about the accuracy of the ABC News/Washington Post poll is questionable when the data is actually examined.")
The poll also shows that 63 percent say it was inappropriate for Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to have met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign.
Sixty percent said they believe that Russia influence the 2016 presidential election. And a majority--52-37 percent--think Trump is trying to interfere with investigations of alleged Russian influence.
With regards to healthcare, his party's effort fares poorly as well. The poll shows that 50 percent prefer Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, compared to just 24 percent who prefer the GOP plan. Seventeen percent said they prefer neither or something else entirely.
In direct contrast to the plan on the table, the poll found that 63 percent say it is more important for the federal government to provide coverage for low income Americans than it is to cut taxes.
The poll also offers a look at the perception of the Democratic party. More than a quarter of Democrats--27 percent--say their party "just stands against Trump." That belief is held by 58 percent of whites.
The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted July 10-13 and has a margin of error of 3.5 points.
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