Poll: Trump’s approval numbers fall to near-record lows

Just 36% of voters approve of the job President Trump is doing as commander-in-chief, a new poll out Thursday shows.

Nearly six in 10 (58%) voters said they disapprove of Trump’s job performance, the latest Quinnipiac Poll found.

The approval numbers, however, are close to all-time record lows for new Presidents and indicate quickly dwindling popularity for Trump.

The survey, conducted May 4-9 among 1,078 voters across the U.S., was administered before news of Trump’s controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey emerged.

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But other polls conducted since the termination showed similar results.

The latest Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, from Wednesday, found that just 38% of Americans approved of Trump’s job performance, compared to 55% who disapproved.

The Quinnipiac survey, meanwhile, showed that Trump has lost support among many demographics that had comprised his base during the 2016 election: White voters with no college degree, white men and independent voters.

What’s more, voters clearly saw Trump more negatively on a personal level, the poll found.

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President Trump’s approval rating plunged to 36%, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

President Trump’s approval rating plunged to 36%, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

(Susan Walsh/AP)

Just 33% of those polled said they felt Trump was honest, compared to 61% who said he was not honest, while 56% of those polled said they felt Trump does not have good leadership skills, compared to 41% who said he did.

Another 66% of voters said they did not think Trump was “level-headed,” compared to just 29% who said they felt he was.

Even more jarring were approval numbers regarding Trump’s handling of the economy, which had been a strong suit in previous polls.

More than half (52%) of voters said they disapprove of the way Trump was handling the economy, compared to just 40% who said they approve.

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“There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

“The erosion of white men, white voters without college degrees and independent voters, the declaration by voters that President Donald Trump’s first 100 days were mainly a failure and deepening concerns about Trump’s honesty, intelligence and level headedness are red flags that the administration simply can’t brush away,” Malloy added.

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