Trump approval at 32 percent; most believe 'improper' Russian Federation contact

Trump approval at 32 percent; most believe 'improper' Russian Federation contact

The president's disapproval rating was 63 percent in the Pew Research Center survey released Thursday, a new high for the survey. Earlier this week, Politico/Morning Consult observed "a small uptick in Trump's approval rating as president - to 45 percent, up from 43 percent last week". The poll said Trump's approval rating had decreased from February, when he was at 39 percent.

The new poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center at the end of last month, drew on a handful of topics now prevalent in the national political conversation: namely the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the ongoing public campaign against sexual misconduct. Among registered voters only, Trump's approval rating in the current poll was 34%.

However, 30% think they "definitely or probably did not happen", while another 30 percent believes it definitely did. In views of Mr. Muellers investigation, 56 percent are very or somewhat confident he will conduct the probe fairly.

Trump is the least popular president in modern history, according to FiveThirtyEight.

In a major development last week, Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the month before Trump took office. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats think changes need to be made to the 30-year-old tax code.

While his approval among Democrats remains about the same, 76 percent of Republicans and those who lean conservative approve of Trump in December in comparison to the 84 percent that did in February.

Sentiments on the Russian Federation investigation also vary by political affiliation.

RealClearPolitics' average of Trump's approval numbers is 38.4%.

Thirty-six percent think Trump is "compassionate".

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