6 months in, Trump's approval rating lowest in 70 years

Hillary Clinton concedes defeat to Donald Trump on the night of last November's US presidential election

Hillary Clinton concedes defeat to Donald Trump on the night of last November's US presidential election

According to a new ABC / Washington Post poll, no president in the last 70 years has polled as low at the six-month mark as President Donald Trump is now.

Approximately so low approval ratings (39%) after six months of his tenure was President Gerald Ford in February 1975.

The poor approval ratings are due in large part to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation as well as perceptions of Trump's ability to lead America on the world stage and the unpopularity of the proposed Republican health care bill. His approval rating among respondents was just 36%-the lowest of any modern president at the six-month mark.

Emails released last week show that Trump Jr. believed he was meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with possible ties to the Kremlin, who would provide damaging information about Clinton as part of a Russian broader effort to assist his father's presidential campaign. Comparatively, at this point in their first terms both Barack Obama and George W. Bush held approval ratings of 59%.

It later emerged that an ex-Russian "spy" was also present, information that was not disclosed by Donald Trump Jr. He said he has had no meetings, was aware of no meetings with Russians, was not aware of this one until really right before it all broke.

Also contributing to Trump's low approval ratings: 52 percent said they believed Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey and declared the investigation a "witch hunt", was interfering with the probe, while 37 percent said he was cooperating.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

"Very troubling. And obviously moves our whole investigation to another level", Senator Warner said on the Trump Jr. revelation. A 55 percent majority say Mr. Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals.

And on a broader worldwide scale, two-thirds of respondents don't trust Trump to competently negotiate with world leaders.

Maine's Susan Collins and Rand Paul of Kentucky have already said they will not support the legislation. Democrats are more strongly behind the current law, with 77 percent preferring Obamacare to the proposed alternative.

The poll was conducted between from July 10 to July 13 among a random sample of over 1,000 adults being surveyed over the phone, with a margin error of 3.5 points.

Of those polled, 66 percent said they did not trust the president to effectively represent US interests in negotiations with foreign leaders, with two-thirds also saying they didn't trust him to do so with Putin.

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