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Why Trump’s approval ratings have reached new low, according to national poll

President Donald Trump is facing his lowest approval rating since taking office, according to a new national poll.
President Donald Trump is facing his lowest approval rating since taking office, according to a new national poll. The Associated Press

Approval ratings for President Donald Trump have plummeted to a new low.

According to a national poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, 58 percent of the 900 adults surveyed disapprove of Trump while 38 percent approve, which is the lowest mark since Trump took office in January. It’s 1 percent lower than the rating he had when the same poll was conducted in May.

NBC News says Trump’s overall approval rating is down 5 percent since September.

In the latest poll, which was conducted Oct. 23-26, there’s a major split among party lines. The Republican president has an 81 percent approval rating among his party with only 17 percent disapproving. Democrats were the complete opposite: just 7 percent approved while 89 percent disapproved. Among independents, Trump approval-to-disapproval ratio is 34 percent to 57 percent.

Voters were asked if they approved or disapproved of how Trump handled nine different topics. Only two had a higher approval percentage than disapproval: The aftermath of hurricanes in Texas and Florida (48 to 27) and the economy (42 to 37). Voters were split at 33 percent apiece on how the president handled the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The others all had higher disapproval marks, the highest being NFL players protesting the national anthem (59 to 30).

Overall, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. That margin jumps to 3.6 percentage points among the 753 registered voters polled.

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