Trump approval rating hits new low in Quinnipiac poll

President Donald Trump’s approval rating hit another low in Quinnipiac University’s poll, which found this week that 34 percent of voters approve of his job performance and 57 percent disapprove.

Trump’s previous low in the Quinnipiac survey was a 35 percent positive and 57 percent negative rating, registered on April 4.

The university’s most recent poll, released Wednesday and conducted from May 31 to June 6, also found that a large majority of respondents — 68 percent — believe that the president is “not level-headed” (29 percent say he is). Even among members of his own party, this holds true: 64 percent of Republicans say Trump is not level-headed, while 32 percent think he is.

Majorities of respondents similarly told Quinnipiac that Trump is not honest; does not have good leadership skills; does not care about average Americans; and does not share their values. Sixty-two percent described him as a strong person and 57 percent said he is intelligent.

Ahead of the highly anticipated testimony of James Comey, the former FBI director Trump fired, the survey also found that most voters are skeptical of the president’s relationship with Russia.

Thirty-one percent of respondents said they believe that Trump did something illegal with Russia, 29 percent think he is guilty of unethical but not illegal behavior, and 32 percent said he did not do anything wrong. A bit more, 40 percent, think advisers on the Trump campaign did something illegal with Russia.

The poll found that 54 percent of voters believe that Trump is too friendly with the Kremlin, which the U.S. intelligence community says carried out cyberattacks targeting Democrats during the presidential campaign last year in an attempt to help Trump’s standing in the race.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump or his associates colluded with Russian hackers, a question that is the subject of ongoing federal investigation. Comey was overseeing the FBI’s investigation into the matter until Trump fired him.

Seventy-three percent of respondents said they approve of Robert Mueller being named special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation, while 15 percent disapprove.

On policy, the Quinnipiac survey found that most voters disapprove of Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, an international pact to combat climate change and decrease carbon emissions. Sixty-two percent of voters surveyed said they disapprove of the decision, while 32 percent approve, though 72 percent of Republicans agree with the president.

The poll had a sample size of 1,361 and a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

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