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18 May 2017, 01:40 | Cassandra Thompson
As of now, the major concern among the Republicans is to help Donald Trump in getting back his job approval. As voters hear more about the firing, sentiment on the subject is moving away from Trump.
This is slightly higher than early May, when the figure had plunged to 46 percent, a record low for any United States president during their first months in office.
Moreover, the survey was taken "before claims that he [Trump] disclosed sensitive information to Russian officials in the Oval Office and tried to shut down an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn", a report by the news publication Politico stated.
A clear majority, some 61 percent of respondents to the poll being released later Monday, want to see some sort of independent investigation into possible Russian activities including any connections to Trump's campaign aides. While 84 percent of Trump voters said they generally approved of the job he was doing, just 42 percent strongly approved.
The latest Public Policy Polling survey found that almost half (48%) of Americans supported impeachment proceedings for Trump, while just 41% said they would not support them.
Though he didn't directly address the report as he delivered the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Trump said: "Adversity makes your stronger".
In his first 114-117 days in the office, Barack Obama was at 64 percent approval, George Bush stood at 56 percent, Bill Clinton had 45 percent, and Trump is at 38 percent. The Wall Street Journal reported that "Views of Mr. Trump's decision were strongly shaped by party affiliation, with few Republicans disagreeing with the president's action and few Democrats supporting it".
Trump's approval ratings will be a consideration for Republican lawmakers as they move forward with the president's choice of Comey's replacement, which could come this week, and pressure mounts for an independent investigation of Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 elections. That's starkly different from how Republicans feel Trump is doing on job creation; 75 percent of GOP-ers said Trump is doing an excellent/very good job while only 10 percent said he was below average/failing. That's down 7 percentage points from the prior poll, earlier this month. Forty-two percent say Trump acted inappropriately, up from 34 percent in the previous poll.
The weekly Politico/Morning Consult survey "has tended to show more positive results for Trump than most other public polls", Politico notes. And 57 percent of voters say they personally pay too much in taxes.
The poll was conducted among 1,500 adults by means of phone interviews with a three percentage point margin of error.
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