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President Trump's Approval Suffers In Key Swing States

| by Oren Peleg

A new poll suggests that President Trump's approval is dropping in key swing states.

According to a poll conducted by Monmouth University, a majority of voters in the nation's 300 swing counties disapprove of President Trump after a month in office.

"Opinion is divided at 41% approve and 46% disapprove among residents of the just over 300 counties where the 2016 winning margin was in the single digits," the report by Monmouth states. "There is very little difference in opinion in these 'swing counties' based on which candidate won there. In just over half of these counties that were won by Trump, his job approval rating stands at 43%, while 48% disapprove. Among the remaining swing counties won by Hillary Clinton, 40% of residents approve of Trump's job performance, while 44% disapprove."

"Public opinion in those swing counties will be extremely important to the success of Trump's presidency. Right now, it could go either way," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University poll, said.

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According to Gallup, Trump's approval rating for March 7 across all Americans stood at 43 percent.

While the Trump administration is not even two months old, the his approval rating took its biggest hit thus far following enactment of the controversial travel ban.

According to The Hill, a Quinnipiac University poll from Feb. 2-6 found that 51 percent of respondents disapproved of the travel ban. In contrast, 46 percent of those survey approved of the ban, while 3 percent were unsure.

Additionally, 70 percent of respondents were opposed to Trump's indefinite ban on Syrain refugees; meanwhile, 26 percent were behind the Syrain ban, while 4 percent were sure. 

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“Significant pushback on immigration tells the president that many voters are not on board with a ban on refugees and that voters are strongly opposed to holding back those most threatened, Syrian refugees," Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s poll, added in a statement.

"The public seems to be much more measured in its response to the daily tumult that is the Trump administration than most pundits are," Murray continued, notes Monmouth. "The approach of Americans who will ultimately decide Trump's fate is to take a wait and see attitude. They may not overwhelmingly support his actions so far, but they don't seem to be particularly surprised by them. The question is how long will they wait before demanding results."

Sources: The Hill, Monmouth University, Gallup / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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