NEW YORK CITY — Thirty-six per cent of Americans approve of US President Donald Trump’s job performance at the six-month mark of his presidency, while 58% disapprove, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Trump’s six-month rating is the lowest of any American president at this point in the last 70 years.
The poll was conducted between July 10 and July 13 and comes as Trump continues to weather ongoing controversies surrounding his ties to Russia and as his campaign is investigated for possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
These results also came on the heels of revelations that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton that was offered “as part of Russia and its government’s support of Mr. Trump,” according to emails Trump Jr. posted online.
With respect to the meeting, 63% of respondents believe Trump Jr.’s actions were inappropriate. Sixty per cent believe Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and 67% believe the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Thirty-eight per cent of those surveyed believe Trump is making significant progress towards his goals, while 55% feel he is not.
And when asked whether Trump was doing a better or worse job than previous presidents, 50% of respondents said he was doing worse, while just 23% said he was doing better and 24% said he was performing at about the same level as previous presidents.
Respondents also seem to hold a more negative view of Trump’s capabilities on the world stage, with just 27% saying America’s global leadership has gotten strong since he took office, while 48% believe it has gotten weaker.
And when asked how much they trusted Trump to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 48% of respondents said they did not trust him at all, while a combined 32% said they trusted him a “great deal” or a “good amount.”
The questions regarding Trump’s interactions with Putin came following his first bilateral sit-down with the Russian leader on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, which many experts saw as a win for Putin.