New polling indicates President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit its lowest since he entered the White House. The data also signaled that the majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican tax plan, widely perceiving it to disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
On Dec. 19, a CNN/SSRS survey found that only 35 percent of U.S. adults approved of Trump's job performance, marking the president's lowest result by the polling group yet. Of those polled, 33 percent favored the GOP tax plan while 55 percent were opposed, CNN reports.
Only 4 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Independents believed that the GOP proposals to change the tax code would primarily benefit the middle class. The poll found 95 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Independents thought the changes would favor the rich.
Republicans were flipped on the issue, with 60 percent believing that the plan would mostly benefit middle-income Americans and 27 percent predicting it would largely help the well-off.
The poll found 57 percent of national adults disapproved of Trump's handling of taxes. Sixty-three percent of respondents said the GOP tax plan would benefit Trump's family and 73 percent wanted the president to disclose his tax returns to the public.
The survey indicated that the tax plan, which is currently dominating the agenda of the GOP-majority Congress, is not the top priority among Americans. Of those polled, 30 percent said health care was the most pressing issue while 23 percent cited avoiding a government shutdown as the key agenda. Only 17 percent said the tax plan should be the priority.
On Dec. 15, polling website FiveThirtyEight found that Trump had an average approval rating of 36.5 percent and and average disapproval rating of 57.4 percent.
Statistician Nate Silver, the website's founder, took to social media to note that the polling average marked Trump's worst showing since he assumed office and attributed the slump to the GOP tax plan's unpopularity.
"President Trump's approval rating has gotten even worse at the GOP has been debating its tax plan," Silver tweeted. "Now at an all-time low of 36.5 percent in our tracking."
As of Dec. 19, Trump's average approval rating on FiveThirtyEight had inched back up to 37 percent.
RealClearPolitics, after aggregating 13 national surveys released between Dec. 4 and Dec. 18, not including the CNN/SRRS poll, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 38 percent and an average disapproval of 57 percent.