Trump Approval Rating Hits New Low

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WASHINGTON-Fifty percent of voters believe that President Donald Trump is not able to continue serving as president, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Friday.

The first story concerned Trump's disclosing sensitive counter terrorism intelligence to both the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a private White House meeting. It appears that Americans are beginning to sour on Trump after a tumultuous week, following the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Forty-one percent of voters said they are "not confident at all" in Trump's ability to handle classified information, and another 14% said they are "not too confident".

The percentage of voters that approve of Trump's job performance has dipped to 41% from 42%, resulting in a 4-point drop in his net approval rating compared to the previous poll.

The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced May 17 that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel tasked with overseeing an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Mr Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and called ongoing efforts to investigate him a "witch hunt".

Among Republicans, 23 percent expressed disapproval of Trump in the latest poll, up from 16 percent in the same poll last week. The decline in support from Republicans appears to be a primary reason why Mr Trump's overall approval rating is now at the lowest level since he took office.

Still, Trump has suffered from consistently low approval ratings for a new president, and 38 percent sits below the 44 percent approval that Bill ClintonBill ClintonPoll: Trump approval at lowest level since inauguration Piers Morgan: Trump becoming "President Paranoid Snowflake" Five things to know about Joe Lieberman MORE received at roughly the same point in his presidency.

The poll included 1,971 adults, including 721 registered Republicans and 795 registered Democrats.

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