Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Americans Are Feeling Great Again - but it's not because of Trump

Americans Are Feeling Great Again - but it's not because of Trump

Fifty percent of US citizens say the 45th president is doing a worse job than most past presidents, while just under 25 percent say he is doing better than his predecessors.

Start off with the 36 percent of Americans who approve of Trump.

Nearly half of the respondents - 48% - said they felt their country's leadership of the world had declined on Trump's watch, and just over a third of them said they trusted him in foreign negotiations, even less when it came to Russian Federation.

To achieve this record breaking lowest rating, Donald Trump beat out Gerald Ford (Former President) who was holding the lowest popularity position as a President with 39% approval rating.

Respondents also seem to hold a more negative view of Trump's capabilities on the world stage, with just 27% saying America's global leadership has gotten strong since he took office, while 48% believe it has gotten weaker.

Amid a seemingly endless stream of stories set in small-town restaurants wherein President Trump's hard-core supporters explain they don't care about his collusion with Russian Federation, a major new poll underlines a hard truth: He is still really unpopular. He also said the Washington Post/ABC News poll was "just about the most inaccurate" ahead of last year's presidential election.

Also contributing to Trump's low approval ratings: 52 percent said they believed Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey and declared the investigation a "witch hunt", was interfering with the probe, while 37 percent said he was cooperating.

But there is some good news for Trump.

In addition, 38 per cent of those surveyed said Mr Trump has made significant progress towards his goals, while two-thirds of respondents don't trust him to negotiate with other world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Post-ABC poll finds 60 per cent of Americans think Russian Federation tried to influence the election outcome, up slightly from 56 per cent in April.

Trump's approval rating is even higher in what the poll calls "surge counties" where it stands at 56 percent.

Half of respondents, 50 percent, said they preferred the current law, more than double the 24 percent who said they backed the GOP proposal. That's not to say Americans are feeling positive about the Democratic Party.

Forty-three percent approve of the president's handling of the economy, while 41 percent disapprove. Twice as many of those surveyed preferred the Obamacare health program as favoured Republican plans to replace it.

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