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Poll: Trump's approval holding steady, but more say country headed in wrong direction


Poll: Trump's approval holding steady, but more say country headed in wrong direction
POLITICO - TOP Stories  /  lnelson@politico.com (Louis Nelson)

Donald Trump is pictured here. | Getty Images

Thirty-seven percent of those polled said they approve of Donald Trump's handling of his job as president. | Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's approval rating remains largely unchanged from late last month, a new CNN poll released Tuesday shows, but the number of respondents who believe things in the country are going well has dipped, as has the president's approval rating when it comes to hurricanes.

Thirty-seven percent of those polled said they approve of Trump's handling of his job as president, the same as a CNN poll conducted late last month, while those who said they did not approve of his job performance climbed one percentage point to 57 percent.

But the number of respondents who said they believe things in the U.S. are headed in the right direction dipped in the most recent CNN poll to 46 percent, down 7 points from August.

And on the issue of hurricane response, one on which Trump has claimed great success, those reached by CNN expressed a diminishing opinion of the president's performance. In late September, in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, 64 percent of those polled by CNN said they approved of the president's handling of storm response, while 25 percent said they disapprove.

But a feud-filled response to damage left by Hurricane Maria appears to have taken its toll on Trump's polling numbers as well: Now, just 44 percent of respondents said they approve of the president's handling of storm response while 47 percent said they disapprove.

With the White House mounting a major push to back the president's proposed tax reform package, respondents to CNN's poll expressed skepticism about Trump's policies. Fifty-six percent of those polled said they believe the policies proposed by the president will move the country in the wrong direction, while 38 percent said they will move the country in the right direction.

And as the 2018 midterms approach, Democrats appear to hold an advantage on a generic ballot, with 51 percent of respondents telling CNN that they would support a Democratic candidate in their Congressional district. Thirty-seven percent of those polled said they would prefer a GOP candidate.

The CNN poll was conducted from Oct. 12-15, reaching 1,010 adults nationwide. The poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3.5 points.



Original Article: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/poll-trump-approval-ratings-243854

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