According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, President Trump‘s approval rating has sunk to a historic low, with almost half of Americans thinking the country is weaker since he’s taken office.
Just 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump performance as president, which is down 6 point since his approval rating from his first 100 days. The only other president with comparable ratings 6 months in was Gerald Ford, who polled at 39 percent in February, 1975.
Of those polled, 48 percent think the country is weaker after Trump took office, with just 27 percent thinking the country is stronger.
Trump boasted of his deal-making abilities on the campaign trail, but majorities also did not back Trump in negotiations with foreign leaders—in particular Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump met face-to-face for the first time at a recent G20 summit in Germany.
Of those polled, 66 percent said they did not trust the president to effectively represent U.S. interests in negotiations with foreign leaders, with two-thirds also saying they didn’t trust him to do so with Putin.
Sixty percent said they believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election, up four points from April.
Overall, 48 percent now say they “strongly disapprove” of Trump, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and only by George W. Bush in his second term.
Also losing was the GOP’s healthcare bill, with half of respondents preferring Obamacare to only 24 percent who want it repealed.
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