On Friday, however, the president and his administration got some good news from the latest poll from Rassmussen Reports that showed the president breaking even at 50 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval, his highest approval rating in a while.
Meanwhile, 64 percent - or almost two-thirds of Americans - disapprove of the president's job performance.
The survey determined that many Americans think that President Trump "has little to no respect for the country's democratic traditions". Another 50 percent disapprove. These expectations have also proven wrong, at least so far, as Republican attitudes registered in the latest poll illustrate: 68 percent of Texas Republicans said Trump has the temperament to be president and 66 percent said he was honest and trustworthy.
The poll conducted by the Associated Press was done before the shooting incident at a baseball field on Wednesday, June 14, which left a congressman injured.
Given the mutually reinforcing effects of partisan polarization in the electorate and the intensity of both positive and negative feelings toward Trump, it is no surprise that the poll reveals that Democratic attitudes are the opposite, with the qualification that they are slightly more negative than the Republicans are positive. Denmon referenced recent news reports that Trump was considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election. Among Republicans, 80 percent approve.
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Other lawmakers were stunned in the aftermath of the event, which raised questions about the security of members of Congress. And in April via Twitter he urged Democrats in Congress to fight Trump's conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
President Donald Trump thrusts his fist after signing an executive order reversing Obama administration Cuba policies as Florida Governor Rick Scott (C-rear), Cuban dissident and former prisoner Cary Roque and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) look on at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida, June 16, 2017. Still, the Supreme Court, which many conservatives cited as their reason for supporting Trump during the presidential campaign, was the top vote-getter with 38 percent.
Seventy-five percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, the poll shows. The poll was conducted after Trump's announcement that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
Americans are more divided over Trump's handling of the threat of terrorism, with 47 percent saying they approve and 52 percent that they disapprove.
Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone. The survey's margin of error is 4.1 percentage points.