Trump again blasts 'distraction of the witch hunt'

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Trump again blasts 'distraction of the witch hunt'

Trump was correct in stating his approval rating in the latest poll, released on Friday, was at 50 per cent, but that was still 12 percentage points below Obama's final Rasmussen figure of 62 per cent.

A new poll found that more than two-thirds of the American electorate disapproves of how President Donald Trump is handling his job as president.

Republicans were also much less likely than Democrats to think Russian Federation influenced the 2016 presidential election, with only 9 percent of Republicans compared with 75 percent of Democrats taking that view.

Among whites without a college education, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of Trump a year ago, 50 per cent say they approve of Trump, down slightly from 58 per cent in March.

Rassmussen Reports' poll was taken between June 13 and June 15, and it notes that is "the first time the president's overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April" with the highest rating being approval being 59 percent in late January shortly after he took office, and as low of 42 percent in early April.

The poll, conducted among 1,068 people from June 8-11, was administered before Trump's nationally televised call for unity that followed the Wednesday shooting at a GOP baseball practice in suburban Washington, D.C. But among Democrats, 90 percent of respondents said Trump lacked honesty and the temperament to be president. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".

So far, this poll is an outlier poll, as it's the only recent polls to show the president getting more than 45 percent approval, and one of the only polls to show the president above 40 percent approval.

Trump's base voters, his key demographics, appear to be growing tired of the president, as well.

"If they would leave him alone and let him do what the American taxpayers voted him in there to do, this country would be a whole lot better off", said Draper, 64. For example, as long as Trump maintains 80 percent job approval among Texas Republicans, it is inconceivable that Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation will entertain any idea of impeachment proceedings.

Health care remains Trump's worst issue in the poll, with 66 per cent disapproving of his handling of the issue. "This hyper-partisanship and the increasingly tribal nature of politics, where Republicans look at a Republican president and see no flaws and Democrats look at a Republican president and can only see flaws".

Sixty-five per cent of Americans say they think the country is on the wrong track, the poll shows, and just 34 per cent think it's headed in the right direction.

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