Trump Popularity Drops To New Low

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According to a new poll, 33 percent of Americans approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing.

The Gallup daily survey, released Oct. 30 and based on interviews with 1,500 people, gave Trump the lowest approval rating of any president since polling began, Newsweek reported.

His approval rating compares to the ratings of former Presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush at the end of their terms in office.

What's more, 62 percent of respondents disapproved of the job Trump is doing as president.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Oct. 29 also suggested Trump's popularity is falling. The survey put his approval rating at 38 percent and noted a drop in support among his base.

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"Usually presidents have a honeymoon period in the beginning, but he started with a polarized world where everyone had an opinion of him," said John Fortier, director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, according to Newsweek. "Even if he has 39 percent approval, it's not a good number, and he's been sitting there for about a month and half."

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders rejected the significance of the latest numbers, noting that many polling firms got it wrong in the past.

"Look, we're focused aggressively on pushing forward on a very bold agenda specific to tax reform, tax cuts," Sanders added, according to the Washington Examiner. "I think that the economy continuing to grow and strengthen is something that will certainly change those numbers. But at the same time, I think these are some of the same polls that also said this president would never be president, so I don't have a lot of confidence in them."

Trump's declining poll numbers came as the probe into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election produced its first indictments Oct. 30. One day earlier, Republicans backed Trump's presidency in interviews given to the television networks.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie noted that information about the upcoming indictments was leaked to CNN.

"There are very, very strict laws on grand jury secrecy, so depending on who leaked this to CNN, that's a criminal violation, potentially," said Christie, according to The Washington Post. "For us to have confidence in this process, we've got to make sure that the grand jury process remains confidential, remains secret, so that the special counsel can work effectively to be able to get to the bottom of all that he's looking into."

Sources: Newsweek, Washington Examiner, The Washington Post / Featured Image: U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr / Embedded Images: Staff Sgt. Michelle Alvarez-Rea/DVIDSVoice of America via Wikimedia Commons

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