"According to a new CBS poll, President Trump's approval rating is just 36 percent", announced "Late Night" host Seth Meyers on Monday. One-third of Americans now say his approach to the investigations has made their opinion of him worse, pollsters found. In fact, it even received a lower approval rating than his handling of other current issues, such as terrorism, which got 44 percent; the recent shooting, which got 46 percent; and the economic issues, which got 42 percent.
CBS News noted that more than half of Republicans call the investigation a political distraction that should be put aside. There is a four percent margin of error for the poll.
"Trump should still be in his honeymoon period among Republicans", Bump observes.
Fifteen percent of respondents said the president should attempt to stop the independent investigation, compared with 81 percent who disagree in a poll conducted by SSRS of Media of 1,117 adults nationwide from Thursday through Sunday.
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Trump posted on Twitter shortly before 9 a.m. that Scalise, "a true friend and patriot, was badly injured but will fully recover". Hodgkinson has been in the area since March, living out of his van, said local FBI Special Agent In Charge Tim Slater.
The drop in the President's approval rating is partially due to ebbing support among Republicans. The poll comes on the heels of Senate testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as the investigation into Russian Federation and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. His firing of FBI Director James Comey and comments suggesting the move was connected to the bureau's Russian Federation probe, as well as his near-constant focus on the investigation, might not be helping him with the American people.
Most respondents (57 percent) also said they would rather trust Comey, who said Trump pressured him to drop the probe, instead of Trump, who earned only 31 percent support on that question. Among Democrats, it was 88 percent against and 10 percent favoring interference.
But the more Trump's standing among Republican voters slips, the less Republican lawmakers feel electoral pressure to be a "team player".
The latest daily tracking survey from Rasmussen pegged Trump's approval at 48 percent, down from 50 percent Friday. Only 27 percent of women now approve.