Trump is hitting new approval lows at precisely the wrong time

Trump is hitting new approval lows at precisely the wrong time

Trump is hitting new approval lows at precisely the wrong time

In other words, if Trump's approval rating continues to drop, he could be risking the Republican majority in Congress.

According to a new poll from Politico and Morning Consult, the president's approval rating now sits at 42 percent - a new low for the Trump administration.

When Franklin & Marshall College released its Pennsylvania political poll on May 11, President Donald Trump must have felt relieved. Also, even though polls taken in the months before the 2016 election showed independents offering more support for Clinton, Trump still garnered anywhere from 30-34 percent of independent support. Last week, Mr Trump abruptly dismissed FBI Director James Comey, and then contradicted his press team and Vice President Mike Pence when explaining the reasoning behind the firing.

It's too early to tell how the past two days of bad news have affected President Trump's numbers.

Though only 42 percent of people who voted for Trump in the election still "strongly approve" of his job performance, it looks like Republicans are sticking with him. But the percentage who said Trump should have allowed Comey to continue leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation increased from 33 percent in the initial survey to 40 percent now.

The Trump administration found itself in more trouble on Monday night, when The Washington Post claimed in a report that the president shared classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, during a White House meeting last week.

In fact, the Real Clear Politics average of all polls on Donald Trump now stands at 53.8 percent disapproval while his approval sits at 40.9 percent.

If Trump remains this unpopular, it could hurt Republican politicians going forward.

Independent voters tilt against Trump, however: Only 39 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, compared with 50 percent who disapprove. Around a quarter, 26 percent, are undecided, down from 32 percent in the previous poll. And 57 percent of voters say they personally pay too much in taxes. Such an outcome would likely not be a popular one, according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll.

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