Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions

Kristopher Drake
June 18, 2017

Republicans were also much less likely than Democrats to think Russian Federation influenced the 2016 presidential election, with only 9 percent of Republicans compared with 75 percent of Democrats taking that view.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said of the shooting.

The strongest evidence of Texas Republican voters' embrace of the president who both defied their party's leadership and defeated a handful of Texas-based candidates in the 2016 presidential primary is the sustained approval of the job he is doing as president.

The poll also found that while Obamacare - the Affordable Care Act - is unpopular in Texas, the Republican alternative passed by the U.S. House, known as the American Health Care Act, is even less popular.

By comparison, Rasmussen says, just 28 percent said the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona in January 2011 was the result of political anger.

"Views remain as polarized as they were during the presidential campaign", Daron Shaw, a government professor of the University of Texas and co-director of the poll, said in a news release. "He only cares about him".

Linda Draper, an independent from Mulberry, Florida, who voted for Trump, said the president is the one who isn't being respected, and criticized those she says have tried to block him at every turn. "What he's trying to do is good". Among Republicans, 80 percent approve.

Almost as many - 64 percent - disapprove of Trump's handling of climate change.

Sixty-three percent disapprove of Trump's handling of foreign policy, 60 percent disapprove of his handling of immigration, and 55 percent disapprove of how he's handling the economy.

It's a Washington thing; Texas lawmakers fared much better on the report cards from voters, with 34 percent saying the approve and 42 percent saying they disapprove of the work the Legislature is doing. Last week the same poll taken showed the president at 46 percent approval and 54 percent disapproval.

In just one month, the percentage of Republicans who thought America was heading in the right direction dropped a full 17 percentage points-from 58 percent in May to 41 percent in June-according to a Gallup survey released this week.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,068 adults was conducted June 8-11 using a sample drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is created to be representative of the US population. The survey's margin of error is 4.1 percentage points.

The poll surveyed 1,068 Americans from June 8 to 11, and respondents were interviewed either by phone or online.

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