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President Donald Trump's approval rating is dropping heavily after the release of Bob Woodward's book, “Fear,” and the controversial anonymous New York Times op-ed.
Eight polls taken in the last two weeks have shown a decrease in Trump's approval rating. The most recent poll from CNN shows a drop in six points in just one month.
Other polls from ABC News/Washington Post, Gallup, IBD/TIPP, Kaiser Family Foundation, Quinnipiac University, Selzer & Co., and Suffolk University all show drops between one and five points, leaving Trump's approval rating at a 37.8 percent across the eight polls, down from the last average of 41.1 percent.
The overall drop comes amid Woodward's “Fear” and the Times op-ed, both of which paint a picture of a president and a White House in chaos. Woodward's book was released on Tuesday, but excerpts and interviews with the author predating the release already had a large effect on the president:
The Woodward book is a scam. I don’t talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle. I wish the people could see the real facts - and our country is doing GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2018
The Woodward book is a Joke - just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
The president also discredited the New York Times op-ed, suggesting it was made up completely:
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
With midterms looming, Trump's dropping approval rate could mean trouble to the Republican Party. According to an analysis by CNN's Harry Enten, Trump's approval rating must remain in the low 40s for the GOP to have a chance at holding the majority after the midterms.