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Poll: Trump And Pence Approval Ratings Hit New Low

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that President Donald Trump's job approval has dipped to a new low. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence, who had always enjoyed a higher favorability, has also sunk to his lowest approval rating since assuming office.

On May 24, a Fox News poll found that 40 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance, while 53 percent disapproved. The president's approval rating had steadily declined since February, when 48 percent of respondents gave him positive marks.

Meanwhile, the survey indicated that Pence has suffered a steep decline in approval. In April, 50 percent of registered voters approved of the vice president's job performance, while only 33 percent disapproved. In the latest poll, however, only 42 percent of respondents approved of Pence, while 43 percent disapproved, bringing the vice president down to a net negative approval rating.

Asked how they felt about the first four months of the Trump administration, 44 percent of respondents said that the president was fulfilling his campaign pledge to reform government, while 53 percent said that his agenda was coming apart. 45 percent of voters said they had confidence in Trump while 55 percent did not.

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The survey queried voters on two of the most prominent stories in the national conversation: the federal probe into the Russian government's alleged meddling during the 2016 presidential election and the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

On May 9, Trump dismissed former FBI Director James Comey, who had been heading the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to subvert the presidential election. The president asserted that he had lost confidence in Comey's ability to lead the FBI, The New York Times reports.

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office released a estimate on how the American Health Care Act, the GOP replacement for the ACA that had already passed the House, would impact the health care market. The CBO score found that implementing the AHCA would result in 23 million fewer Americans having health care coverage by 2026 than if Obamacare was kept in place, while reducing the federal deficit by $119 billion, NPR reports.

The poll found that 29 percent of voters believed that Trump fired Comey because the FBI director was hindering the Bureau's credibility. Meanwhile, 60 percent of respondents believed that Comey was dismissed because he was damaging Trump.

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On the subject of health care, the survey found that 40 percent of voters were in favor of replacing Obamacare with the AHCA, while 54 percent were against it. 53 percent of respondents said that Obamacare had been good for the country, while 39 percent believed it had been harmful.

While the majority of voters were dissatisfied with the White House, they also appeared hopeful for the future. 62 percent of respondents said that America's best days were ahead, while only 29 percent said they were in the rearview mirror.

Aggregating the last nine national surveys released between May 13 through May 24, including the Fox News poll, RealClearPolitics found that Trump currently has an average approval rating of 40 percent, while an average 54 percent disapprove of his job performance.

Sources: Fox News, The New York Times, NPR, RealClearPolitics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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