Poll: Trump's Approval Rating Slumps to 36%
58% of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2017 8:03 AM CDT
President Trump waves to spectators as he walks up to his viewing booth on the 15th green at the Trump National Golf Club during the third round of the US Women's Open Golf tournament Saturday, July 15,...   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – A majority of Americans don't believe America is being made great again after nearly six months of President Trump in the Oval Office, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll that finds the president's approval rating slumping to 36%—down from 42% in April. Some 58% of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing, an increase of five points, with 48% saying they "disapprove strongly," notes the Post. Highlights from the poll:

  • The Post compares Trump's approval rating to his predecessors at this point in their first terms: Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush each held 59% approval ratings, while Bill Clinton had slumped to a record low 43% in late June.
  • Some 48% of Americans think the country's leadership in the world has weakened; 27% say it is stronger and 23% say it's about the same.
  • Americans' view of Trump's handling of the economy goes in the president's favor, with 43% approving and 41% disapproving.

  • Another silver lining for Trump: 52% think he's interfering in investigations into Russian election meddling, down from 56% last month.
  • Some 50% of those surveyed prefer ObamaCare, while 24% prefer Republicans' plans to replace it. (Those plans have stalled in the Senate.)
  • As far as negotiating with Vladimir Putin, 32% of Americans trust Trump a good or great amount, 48% trust him not at all, and 18% trust him "just some."
  • As far as Trump's agenda, 38% say he's making significant progress, while 55% say he's not making significant progress.
  • Democrats don't exactly come out smelling like roses, with only 37% of those polled saying the party stands for something, while 52% say the party just stands against Trump.
For the full poll, click here.

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