Oct 29, 2017

Trump approval sinks to new low of 38%, poll finds

Dave Lawler, author of World

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President Trump's approval rating stands at 38% according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, a drop of 5% since September and the lowest mark of Trump's presidency so far. 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump's performance.

  • The splits: Democrats (7% approve/89% disapprove), Republicans (81%/17%), Independents (34%/57%).
  • The trend: The biggest drops came among independents, whites and, more specifically, whites without college degrees — a key element of Trump's base.
  • The surprise low point: Among all the issues surveyed (hurricane responses, North Korea, health care, etc.), the highest percentage (59%) disapproved of Trump's stance on NFL players protesting during the anthem.

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