New Reuters/Ipsos poll shows new low for Trump’s approval ratings

Time
A graffiti painting of Time nominees Putin and Trump kissing, in Lithuania.

According to the new Reuters/Ipsos poll, public approval of the US President has dropped to its lowest level since the inauguration.

The poll found that 56 percent of adults disapproved of the US President, while only 38 percent approved and the remaining six percent had “mixed feelings”.

The poll follows tumultuous week at The White House, where Trump was accused of mishandling classified information with Russian diplomats and interfered with an FBI investigation into his election campaign’s links with Russia. 

Later that week, the Justice Department appointed the former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be responsible for an independent probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

President Trump has denied sharing classified information with the Russians and called the efforts to investigate him a “witch hunt”. 

According to the President, no politician in history “has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

Approval among those in his own party has also slipped. 23 percent of Republicans expressed disapproval of Trump in the latest poll, which is six percent higher than last week’s poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll gathered responses from 1,971 adults, including 721 Republicans and 795 Democrats.

The US President is currently on his first foreign trip – a nine-day tour with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.

He has so far visited Saudi Arabia and on Monday arrived in Israel greeted by the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the president, Reuven Rivlin.

“Israel’s hand is extended in peace to all our neighbours, including the Palestinians,” said Benjamin Netanyahu. “The peace we seek is a genuine one, in which the Jewish state is recognised, security remains in Israel’s hands, and the conflict ends once and for all.”

Donald Trump sang praises to Israel, saying the state had “built one of the great civilisations: a strong, resilient, determined nation” that he said was “forged in the commitment that we can never allow the horrors and atrocities of the last century to be repeated”.