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Poll: Trump's 6-Month Approval Rating Historically Low

| by Robert Fowler

On July 16, President Donald Trump picked up the dubious distinction of scoring the lowest recorded approval rating of any president six months into his first term. Trump took to social media to blast the unflattering data.

The ABC News/Washington Post survey found that 36 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 58 percent disapproved. The net result, marking Trump's first six months in office, was the lowest approval rating for a president half a year into their first term ever recorded by the polling group, according to ABC News.

The previous record holder was former President Gerald Ford, who netted only a 39 percent approval rating six months after assuming office.

The latest survey found that 23 percent of national adults believed Trump was doing a better job than his predecessors while 50 percent said he was faring worse. Just under a quarter -- 24 percent -- of respondents said he was about the same as previous presidents.

In other poll findings, 38 percent of national adults believed that Trump was making significant progress on the goals he laid out on the campaign trail, while 55 percent said he was not. The poll also suggested unease with Trump's handling of foreign policy; 27 percent of respondents said that America's leadership in the world had gotten stronger under Trump, while 48 percent said it had weakened.

In some good news for the president, the survey indicated economic approval and an unflattering take on Democrats. The president was in positive numbers on his handling of the economy, with 43 percent of respondents approving of it and 41 percent disapproving. Meanwhile, only 37 percent of respondents said that the Democratic Party stood for something, while 52 percent said it was only standing against Trump.

The poll indicated that the Russian government's meddling during the 2016 election would continue to haunt Trump's presidency; 60 percent of national adults believed Russia tried to influence the election outcome and 44 percent believed that Trump benefited from that influence. Slightly under a third -- 31 percent -- of respondents did not believe that Russia mounted an influence campaign.

A significant minority of respondents -- 41 percent -- were convinced that the Trump campaign intentionally helped the Russian government's efforts to influence the election's outcome. Furthermore, 37 percent of respondents said that the president was cooperating with the current federal and congressional probes into Russia's role during the election while 52 percent believed he was attempting to obstruct the investigations.

The survey also addressed Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on a promise that she could provide damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Only 26 percent of respondents believed that the meeting was appropriate, while 63 percent said it was inappropriate.

Trump blasted the polling results on social media, rounding up his approval rating.

"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 tweeted out.

RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last seven national surveys released from July 11 through July 16, found that Trump currently has an average approval rating of 40 percent and an average disapproval of 55 percent.

Sources: ABC News, Donald J. Trump/TwitterRealClearPolitics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2, 3)

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