President Donald Trump’s approval rating has taken another hit. According to poll conducted by Monmouth University between Sunday and Tuesday, just 32% of American voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Meanwhile, 56% say they disapprove of the way president Trump is handling the country.
This is Trump’s lowest approval rating since ascending into the Oval Office in January. Previous polls conducted over the course of 2017 have shown an approval rating ranging from 39% to 43% and a disapproval rating ranging from 46% to 53%.
Those most turning their backs on Trump are independent women. Just 24% approve of Trump, while a whopping 68% disapprove. Among male voters, currently, 40% approve of Trump, with 44% disapproving. Just two months ago, Trump had a 36% approval and 55% disapproval rating among women and a 44% disapproval and 42% approval rate among men.
The growing gender disparity crosses party lines. A full 67% of Republican women give Trump a positive rating, compared to 78% of Republican men. This is a nine-point decline among GOP women since September and a five-point fall among GOP men.
Democratic disdain for the president has held steady, with an approval rating of just eight percent among men who vote Democrat and seven percent among women.
The biggest decline has come from independent women; just 14% approve of the job Trump is doing, down 25 points since September. Among American men who say they are independent, 31% approve of Trump, a 10-point fall since September.
“This result is not good for the president, especially coming off the loss of his endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate race,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Republicans have to be worried about being dragged down by the weight of Trump’s negatives in 2018 if this trend continues.”
What’s behind president Trump’s abysmal approval rating? Most voters do not think Trump has been a very successful president. He has been unable to pass any major bills.
Voters also think his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will destabilize the Middle East. Just 23% think it was a good idea, compared with 39% who say it’s a bad idea. A surprising 39% had no opinion.
A majority of American voters (51%) think the move will destabilize the Middle East, while 10% say it will make the region more stable. Twenty-eight percent said it will have no effect on the region’s stability.
This is not the only poll to suggest American voters are not pleased with what is going on in Washington, D.C. A Rasmussen Report poll shows that 34% of likely U.S. voters think the country is heading in the right direction. This is down slightly from the previous two weeks and down significantly from the upper 40s during the first month of Trump’s presidency. Meanwhile, a solid majority of likely U.S. Voters (61%) believe the U.S. is going down the wrong track.
Public opinion of the U.S. Congress is even worse, with 16% of American voters approving and 65% disapproving.
With less than a year to go until the November 2018 mid-term elections, president Trump continues to face an uphill battle. If the election for the House of Representatives were held today, 51% of voters say they would vote or lean toward voting for the Democratic candidate, versus 36% who would support their district Republican.
“Trump Rating Hits Record Low,” Monmouth University, December 13, 2107.
“Right Direction or Wrong Track,” Rasmussen Reports, December 11, 2017.