President Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low with 42% of voters saying they approve of the his performance while 58% say they disapprove, according to the latest Harvard-Harris survey.
That’s down 3 points from September when Trump’s approval rating got a boost amid praise for his handling of the federal response to the hurricane that battered the Gulf states.
However, since then, Trump has been embroiled in controversy of his handling of the federal response to Hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico, his phone call to the widow of fallen Army Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in an ambush in Niger.
The Harvard-Harris survey found that 51% of voters said they believe the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria was worse than its response to the hurricanes that hit the Gulf States.
Mark Penn, the Harvard Harris co-director, pointed out that while the economy is doing well and Trump has been given credit for the surge in the stock market, his controversies have kept his approval rating low:
“Trump has a strong economy and majority support for the job he is doing on the economy — normally enough to shoot any president’s ratings sky high. But the intra-party war and dust kicked-up on Puerto Rico and his way of responding has people on edge about his leadership. He continues to maintain his tweets work for him despite the evidence they divide critical swing voters from his appeal.”
More than 50% of voters say they approve of Trump’s handling of the economy. Also, 50% approve of his handling of terrorism, but less voters approve of his handling of immigration and foreign affairs. And only 38% approve of his ability to govern.
Despite his low approval rating, Trump still remains rather popular among Republicans with 80% saying they approve of the job he’s doing, which is much better than Congressional leaders.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is at 30% favorable and 51% unfavorable. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is at 16% positive and 52% negative.
On the issue of impeachment, 42% of voters say Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 15% say the he should be censured by Congress.
The Harvard-Harris survey was conducted online from October 14-18 and surveyed 2,159 registered voters. The ideological break down was 36% Democrat, 32% Republican, 28% independent, and 4% other.