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Poll Shows Trump's Approval Rating Down In Every State

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A new poll shows that less than a year into his first term, President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped in all 50 states. 

The new numbers come from a Morning Consult poll conducted via online survey of 472,032 registered voters from each state and Washington, D.C., between Jan. 20 and Sept. 26.

According to the poll, the majority of voters in 25 states and the District of Columbia disapprove of Trump's performance. Only 12 states have a majority of voters who still support Trump. 

States that were crucial to Trump's victory in 2016 have lost enthusiasm for the president. In Michigan, 55 percent of respondents said they disapproved of Trump. A reported 53 percent disapproved in Wisconsin and Iowa and 51 percent in Pennsylvania.

Trump's low popularity could be particularly damaging to Republican candidates in midterm elections. 

"It's always hard, though not impossible, for the president's party to maintain or even gain ground in an election," Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told Morning Consult.

Trump's low approval will only make that process more difficult, according to Kondik. 

"Trump is not [popular] right now, and his weakened standing could threaten Republican chances to defeat Democratic Senate incumbents in dark red states," he said.

Trump's national approval rating has also fallen since January, according to Morning Consult.

At the time of his inauguration, 49 percent of voters approved of Trump and 39 percent disapproved. As of September, 43 percent approved of his performance and 52 percent disapproved. 

A separate poll, conducted by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, recently showed Trump had a much lower approval rating of 32 percent, according to The Hill. 

A 32 percent approval rating would be a record low for Trump, but the poll may be an outlier. The Hill notes that at the time the AP poll was conducted, Trump was facing immense criticism for his response to Puerto Rico's devastation after Hurricane Maria and his Twitter attacks on the mayor of San Juan.

Trump's steady decline in approval closely follows the various controversies that have plagued the president since his inauguration, according to Morning Consult. 

From April to August, Trump's rating fell with new revelations during the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, and his reaction to the violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Trump's approval ratings did slightly increase in September after he reached deals with Democratic lawmakers on raising the debt ceiling and funding the government.

Sources: Morning Consult, The Hill / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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