President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has plunged 10 points amid nationwide protests calling for change in the wake of George Floyd’s death, according to a new poll.
A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that only 39% of Americans surveyed feel the president is doing a good job.
Poll results indicate:
- 39% of Americans think Trump is doing a good job, which is down from 49% who liked how Trump was leading the country in May.
- 47% of Americans say Trump is doing a good job handling the economy, which is down from 63% in January and 58% in February.
According to the poll, Trump's job approval rating has returned to his term average of 40%.
The last time Trump’s approval rating was this low was when the House of Representatives launched an impeachment inquiry into the president in October, Gallup reports.
Trump’s support slipped from Republicans, Independents and Democrats. His support from the GOP dropped 7 percentage points to 85%. Trump is also down 7 points among independents to 39%. Just 5% of Democrats approve of the job Trump is doing.
The poll was conducted after Trump called for a “law and order” approach to quell protests that turned violent and destructive. People have been protesting the death of Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white former police officer in Minneapolis. Protesters are calling for anti-police brutality measures to be put in place and for racial equality.
The survey was conducted before Trump announced an unexpected drop in unemployment rates. Trump’s handling of the economy hasn’t slipped under 50% since November 2017.
Americans have become more critical of how the president has handled the coronavirus outbreak. Now, 42% say they approve of how Trump responded to the pandemic, which is down from 50% who said they supported his response in late April. In mid-March, Trump had the backing of 60% of Americans.
The poll surveyed 1,034 adults between May 28-June 4. The poll has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points.
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