Polling suggests people are losing trust in Trump as his approval ratings decline

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A new poll suggests people hold an increasingly negative view of Donald Trump’s presidency.

According to SSRS, an independent research company that conducted a poll on behalf of CNN, 38% of respondents said they approved of Trump’s handling of the presidency, while 56% disapproved — a modest drop from April’s survey where 44% approved and 54% disapproved.

Other figures in the study’s questionnaire painted a bleak picture of Trump’s tenure as president so far (emphasis ours):

  • 45% of respondents approved of Trump’s handling of the economy, while 47% disapproved.
  • 48% of respondents approved of the way Trump addresses national security, while 47 disapproved.
  • 31% of respondents approved of Trump’s grasp on health care policy, while 62% disapproved
  • 40% of respondents approved of Trump’s handling of immigration, while 55 disapproved.
  • 36% of respondents said that Trump is honest and trustworthy, while 60% answered that the description “does not apply.”
  • 39% of respondents said that Trump could manage the government effectively, while 59% said that he couldn’t.

According to CNN, only one other first-term president received approval numbers below 50% during this stage of his presidency: President Bill Clinton with a 44% approval rating in 1993.

CNN’s data is nearly identical to other polls conducted around the same period of time. In a recent Rasmussen Reports poll — a poll often found to be the most favourable to Trump — 41% of respondents said they approved of Trump’s performance, while 57% disapproved.

The SSRS study pooled 1,018 people who were surveyed between August 3 and August 6, during a time when Trump embarked on his 17-day vacation away from an embattled White House. The margin of error of the results was 3.6 percentage points.

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