Poll: Trump approval at 32 percent; most believe 'improper' Russia contact

On Russia, most Americans say the administration likely had improper contacts with Kremlin officials.
By Susan McFarland  |  Dec. 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM
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Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A new national survey by Pew Research Center has shown that President Donald Trump's approval rating has continually slid during his first year in office.

The poll of more than 1,400 Americans last week shows only 32 percent of the public approves of the way Trump is doing his job.

The 32 percent figure is down slightly from October (34 percent) and February (39 percent), Pew Research Center said.

Trump's plunge in ratings comparatively are like leaders in other countries. Canada's Justin Trudeau lost 13 points in approval, Britain's Theresa May was down 17 percent and Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro's rating dropped 32 points.

Trump's approval rating in the Pew poll are significantly lower at this point than past presidents were.

The next lowest rating belongs to former President Bill Clinton in 1993 (48 percent), followed by Barack Obama (49 percent), and George W. Bush (80 percent) -- which came on the heels of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In other matters, the poll shows a majority of respondents (59 percent) believe senior members of Trump's administration "definitely" or "probably" had improper contacts with Russia before the election -- and most said they are confident Robert Mueller's investigation into the scandal will fairly examine the matter.

Party lines, however, have split opinions on Russia -- with two-thirds of Republicans saying improper contacts likely did not take place, and 82 percent of the Democrats feeling the opposite.

As for the importance of investigating Russia at all, only 17 percent of Republicans think Mueller's probe is vital to the United States. Meanwhile, 71 percent of Democrats think it's important.

The survey found that one thing both parties agree on is tax reform. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats think changes need to be made to the 30-year-old tax code.

Other issues like sexual harassment and assault are more divided, with 81 percent of Democrats saying they are important versus 61 percent of Republicans. Also, slightly more Democrats (55 percent) feel the DACA program is important, compared to Republicans (46 percent).

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