U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a signing ceremony with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin at the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2017.
Half of registered USA voters disapprove of President Trump's performance as president, versus 42 percent who approve, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump attempted to influence the FBI investigation into Russian ties to the Trump campaign after former national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign for lying about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Still, 79 percent of Republicans overall approve of the job the president is doing and just 16 percent disapprove.
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The latest Public Policy Polling survey found that almost half (48%) of Americans supported impeachment proceedings for Trump, while just 41% said they would not support them. Even more worrying for the Trump administration: Morale is declining among Trump's own base.
In fact, the Real Clear Politics average of all polls on Donald Trump now stands at 53.8 percent disapproval while his approval sits at 40.9 percent.
Trump is also losing support from independents, 50 percent of who disapprove of his performance. That's starkly different from how Republicans feel Trump is doing on job creation; 75 percent of GOP-ers said Trump is doing an excellent/very good job while only 10 percent said he was below average/failing. In the new poll, however, there is an uptick in the percentage who think Trump's action was improper. Forty-two percent say Trump acted inappropriately, up from 34 percent in the previous poll. The White House denied the report but the news set off a firestorm of coverage.
The weekly Politico/Morning Consult survey "has tended to show more positive results for Trump than most other public polls", Politico notes. The share of voters who heard about the Comey dismissal increased from 74 percent in the middle of last week to 81 percent over the weekend. Among Republicans, 49% said wealthy Americans pay too little, 21% the right amount, and 19% too much.
The poll surveyed 2,001 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Such an outcome would likely not be a popular one, according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll.