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Gov’t shutdown is taking a toll on Trump’s approval rating

Gov’t shutdown is taking a toll on Trump’s approval rating

As the partial government shutdown stretches into its second month, President Donald Trump’s approval rating could be showing the results, with his disapproval rating reaching its highest level since the president took office.

The results of a Morning Consult/Politco poll show that 57 percent of registered voters now disapprove of the president’s job performance, which is more than any other survey recorded, according to Morning Consult.

40 percent of voters approve of the president’s job, while 81 percent of Republicans strongly or somewhat approve of his performance in a national online survey. Not surprisingly, the same number of Democrats disapprove of Trump, and 60 percent of independent voters disapprove of the president.

“Trump’s net approval – the difference in the share of those who approve and disapprove – has not gone up since the midterms, when Democrats won the House and strengthened their hand against the president for the second half of his term,” Morning Consult reported with the statistics of their poll.

The group went on to say: “That shift in power has coincided with a government funding standoff over Trump’s demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, leaving 800,000 federal employees without paychecks for more than a month.

“Trump has carried the bulk of the blame for the shutdown in every Morning Consult poll, with 49 percent of voters saying he is responsible in the latest survey – up 6 points since the shutdown began. In the same time, the share of voters who blame Democrats in Congress has risen 4 points, to 35 percent, while 4 percent of voters blame congressional Republicans, down 3 points.”

According to the poll, most voters don’t feel the effects of the shutdown, with 54 percent reporting that their family was not personally impacted much or at all by the standoff between the president and Congress.

However, 51 percent said that they’re still very concerned about the shutdown.


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