According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, President Trump’s approval rating is the lowest of any president in the last seven decades. “The survey of 1,001 adults, conducted between June 10-13, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent,” notes The Hill.
The poll, released Sunday, reveals that a shockingly low 36% of Americans approve of Trump’s job in office at his six month mark in office; a majority 58% disapprove.
The poll comes in the wake of recent reports revealing that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer allegedly promising compromising information about then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. While the Trump administration has been dodging a series of accusations linked to the purported campaign collusion with Russia over the last few months, the most recent scandal appears far more substantive and damaging to the White House than the smoke and mirrors put up by the mainstream media in the past.
This time, the press has hard evidence of attempted collusion. An email chain obtained by The New York Times details Trump Jr.’s communications with individuals connected to the Russian lawyer, with alleged links to the Kremlin, promising material against Clinton. The email chain also highlights Trump Jr.’s intent to collude with the Russian lawyer to obtain the promised information. While we don’t know what was discussed between the Russian lawyer and Trump Jr. when the two actually met in person, circumstantial evidence suggests that a quid pro quo arrangement may have been discussed. Specifically, the Russian lawyer appeared to be lobbying on behalf of the Kremlin in order to get the United States to repeal the Magnitsky Act, which prohibits Russian oligarchs accused of violating human rights from stashing their money in American banks and properties. In exchange for encouraging his father to repeal Magnitsky, the Russian lawyer in question would presumably provide dirt against Clinton. At least that’s how the theory goes.
Speculation aside, the appearance of foul play has taken a toll on Trump’s poll numbers.
A staggering 60% of Americans believe that Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Another 63% say that Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer was inappropriate.
In terms of Trump’s day-to-day work as president, Americans don’t have much confidence in that either.
A majority 55% of Americans say that Trump is not making significant progress on his agenda, while two-thirds of Americans don’t trust the president to negotiate with foreign leaders.