Nearly three months after the Republican Party regained power and took control of the Congress, the public gave low job ratings to the President and even lower ratings to the Speaker of the House, a new poll shows.
Donald Trump's overall job rating stands at 39 percent, the same as it was in February, while just 29 percent approve of the way Paul Ryan is handling his job as the House Speaker, according to a national survey conducted by Pew Research Center earlier this month.
Trump's job rating today is more politically divided than other recent presidents at comparable points in their first year.
In addition, fewer than half (46 percent) are very or somewhat confident in Trump's ability to work effectively with Congress, an area that had been seen as a relative strength for him. Over this period, the share expressing confidence in Trump to avoid major scandals in his administration also has fallen eight percentage points from 44 percent to 36 percent.
The public is divided in its views of the impact of Trump's policies on terrorism. While 31 percent say Trump's policies have made the U.S. safer compared to the policies of Barack Obama's administration, 33 percent say they have made the country less safe. But more say Trump's policies have placed the U.S. in a weaker than stronger position internationally (45 percent vs. 31 percent).
The survey, conducted during April 5-11 among 1,501 adults, gave House Speaker Paul Ryan a negative job rating. 54 percent disapprove of the way Ryan is handling his job as speaker of the House. Democrats and pro-Democratic voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Ryan's job performance.
About two-thirds of the public say the Republican Party is "mostly divided," while just 29 percent say it is "mostly united."
by RTT Staff Writer
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