Amid swirling controversies including President Donald Trump’s handling of the relief effort in Puerto Rico, top cabinet members resigning in scandal and a brief feud with protesting NFL players — the president’s approval rating has hit another record low.
A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey shows that just 32 percent of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, while 67 percent disapprove.
Trump’s approval numbers remain on a downward trend, dropping 10 percentage points from 42 percent in March and three percentage points from 35 percent in June.
While a majority of Republicans — 67 percent — still support the president, that support appears to be deteriorating over Trump’s first year in office. Back in March, 80 percent of Republicans approved of the president, a 13 percent drop heading into October.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the president has also lost support among Democrats, falling from 10 percent in March to now just 5 percent.
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, the president has gone on the offensive after critics claimed his response has been lackluster.
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the president tweeted last week.
In response, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz called Trump’s words “petty comments,” adding: “I am not going to be distracted by small comments, by politics, by petty issues. This is one goal, and it is to save lives. That’s all that matters.”
The AP-NORC poll was conducted September 28-October 2.