Just 29% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to fire Comey

Tomas Mccoy
May 18, 2017

Donald Trump was all thumbs up back on November 1, when he stopped for snack food at a Wawa station in Valley Forge, Pa., before the election. While 84 percent of Trump voters still say they approve of the president's work, the share of those voters who strongly approve of him is down to 42 percent, another new low.

Independent voters are also grading Trump harshly on many policies important to Pennsylvanians.

Donald Trump's latest poll numbers find him in a very hard territory as his approval ratings have dropped under 40 percent in just 115 days. The new poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey but before bombshell reports on Monday and Tuesday about Trump passing classified information to the Russians and asking Comey to drop an investigation of Trump aide and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The recent numbers by NBC note that at this time, Trump's current poll standing is quite similar to where George W. Bush was in October 2005, describes CNN.

Among voters with no party affiliation, 39 percent expressed approval of the new United States president, compared with 50 percent who disapproved, the poll noted. Slightly more Republicans (14 percent vs. 10 percent) said Trump was wrong to remove Comey, although the same share (62 percent) still said he was right. Even more worrying for the Trump administration: Morale is declining among Trump's own base. Exit polls indicated that while Democrats and Republicans supported their candidates by nearly identical margins, independent voters went for Trump by between 4-7 percentage points. A 64-percent majority of Democrats strongly disapprove of Trump, but only 43 percent of Republicans strongly approve. That's higher than the percentage of people surveyed who said they already believe that the Russians were involved in the 2016 election. That's down 7 percentage points from the prior poll, earlier this month.

The White House denies the report. Half of voters or greater say small businesses (52 percent), lower-income Americans (50 percent) or middle-income Americans (56 percent) pay too much in taxes.

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