Trump's approval rate at all-time low; slip in support among base

Kristopher Drake
August 5, 2017

A majority of voters in military households think transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military, according to a new survey.

In addition to those figures, 54 percent of voters surveyed say they're embarrassed by Trump compared to the 26 percent that say that they feel proud.

A majority of American voters say that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the US military, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll published Thursday.

The June 8 national poll found Merkel challenges Trump as leader of free world; voters oppose GOP health care bill nearly 4-1.

The poll follows President Trump's announced ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. The same poll also showed that only 19 percent of Republican voters said more acceptance of transgender people would be a "good thing for the country".

Additionally, an overwhelming number of Americans - 89 percent - believe that employer discrimination based on sexual orientation should be illegal.

Respondents also opposed one of Trump's signature goals, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Only 2 percent of liberals approve of how Trump is handling his job.

Quinnipiac recorded two favorable assessments of Trump's performance: almost two out of three voters (58 to 39 percent) said the president is "a strong person" and, similarly (55 to 42 percent), they said they believe he is intelligent. Only 22 percent said the ACA should be repealed in full, while 40 percent said parts of it should be repealed and 33 percent said none of it should be. The poll, conducted July 27 through August 1, showed that only 43 percent of non-college white Americans say they approve of Trump, compared to 50 percent who disapprove, yielding a net approval of minus 7 points. "The message: Start over and do it right".

That's down from 78 in the first Quinnipiac poll of the Trump administration (the margin of error among Republicans in this new poll is 6.9 points).

The independent Quinnipiac poll regularly surveys about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.

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