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Poll: Trump Approval Lower Than Support For Impeachment

| by Robert Fowler
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President Donald Trump's job approval rating has taken a hit following a weekend of controversial social media missives. Approval for the president is now lower than support for his impeachment.

On July 3, the Gallup daily tracking poll found that 37 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 57 percent disapproved. The latest findings marked a negative downturn compared to June 22, when 42 percent of Gallup respondents approved of the president while 54 percent disapproved.

During the interval between those two daily tracking polls, Trump fired off a series of controversial tweets that garnered bipartisan condemnation.

On June 28, the president took to Twitter to blast MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

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"I heard poorly rated ['Morning Joe'] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Trump tweeted. "Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

That tweet drew backlash from several Republican lawmakers.

"Please just stop," tweeted GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. "This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office."

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Only July 2, Trump sparked further controversy by tweeting a GIF of him body-slamming a WWE participant bearing a CNN logo on his face.

The president has also focused his social media outreach predominantly to assail his critics. Between June 26 and July 3, Trump fired off 73 missives from his personal Twitter account. Of those tweets, 20 were used to blast media that has been critical of his administration, 11 touted his travel ban, 10 blasted the federal and congressional investigations into Russia's role during the 2016 election, 10 regarded foreign policy and only seven concerned health care, according to NPR.

On July 4, a SurveyMonkey poll found the majority of national adults trusted media outlets over the president. Of those polled, 50 percent said they were more likely to trust CNN while 43 percent placed more trust in the president, Axios reports.

The survey found stark partisan differences over the feud between Trump and CNN. Of GOP respondents, 89 percent placed more trust in the president while only 9 percent sided with the media outlet. Only 5 percent of Democrats were more inclined to trust Trump while 91 percent found CNN more trustworthy.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of Independents trusted CNN more while 40 percent trusted Trump more. The survey also found the majority of Independents were not amused by Trump's social media habits.

"Fully three-quarters of pure independents (those that don't lean one way or the other) disapprove of Trump's tweeting, and their top three descriptors for it are 'undignified,' 'mean,' and 'dishonest,'" noted SurveyMonkey Senior Vice President Jon Cohen.

RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last 10 national surveys released between June 18 and July 3, found that Trump currently has an average approval rating of 40 percent and an average disapproval rating of 55 percent.

On June 13, a Public Policy Polling survey found that 47 percent of registered voters supported impeaching Trump while 43 percent were against removing him from office. The poll found that 49 percent of respondents believed Trump had obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey while 41 percent were not convinced he did anything illegal, according to Newsweek.

Sources: Axios, GallupNewsweek, NPR (2), RealClearPolitics / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2), Evan Guest/Flickr

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