Trump's Approval Ratings Drop to 36 Percent, Poll Shows

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A new national poll out Sunday shows just 36 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump's job performance so far.

Only 36 percent of respondents to a Washington Post-ABC News poll approved of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disapproved. Sixty-eight percent find them "inappropriate", 65 percent "insulting", 52 percent even "dangerous". No president has been this unpopular six months into his term in 70 years.

And just 27 percent say USA leadership on the world's stage has gotten stronger while 48 percent say it has grown weaker under Trump.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said that the meeting Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort held with a Russian lawyer previous year was inappropriate.

A total of 50 percent of Americans say the 45th U.S. president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 percent say he is doing better than his predecessors. Based on an ABC News/Washington Post poll, Americans are not satisfied with Trump's competence on the world stage, his effectiveness, his healthcare plan as well as his handling of Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 election.

Obama's average "strong" approval was 28 percent during his presidency, not much different than Trump today.

However, there was a big positive for Trump in the poll - 43% of the respondents marked him positively on the performance of the economy on his watch, to 41% negatives.

But there is some good news for Trump. Trump won the presidency by capturing the Electoral College, but Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes, 65,853,625 to 62,985,106 - a margin of 2.1 percent and well within the ABC/Washington Post poll's margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Donald Trump may have just attempted his most audacious use of alternative facts to date. According to Sunday's poll, half of Americans said they prefer ObamaCare over the new Republican plan to replace it, with the plan only supported by 24 per cent of respondents. That's not to say Americans are feeling positive about the Democratic Party. "Among disapprovers who named issues as their biggest criticism, the most common were immigration (8 percent) and health care (7 percent), the travel ban at 3 percent and others at 2 percent or less".

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