Trump's Ratings Remain Constant, Thanks to Republican Support
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 17:58
And Trump largely evaded blame for the failure of the American Health Care Act among Republicans.
But some Republicans who blocked the legislation won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in the legislation's substance or strategy. Democrats overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump's performance at 81%, followed by Independents at 56% and Republicans at 12%. Republicans in particular are more mixed, and just over half - 54 percent - want to see another attempt at a bill.
Republicans surveyed by CBS News pointed to an unpopular bill - or the Democrats - as the reason the Republican health care effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in Congress, not the president's approach to meeting one his hallmark campaign promises.
Overall, CBS News reports more than half of Americans remain optimistic about the next four years with Trump as president. Most Democrats and Independents say so, and just over one-third of Republicans do as well.
Despite FBI Director James Comey announcing more than a week ago that the Bureau is conducting an investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump team, nearly two out of three Republicans - 64% - think Russian Federation did not try to interfere in the election. A Gallup poll released Tuesday showed Trump with his lowest favorability since inauguration at 36 percent and FiveThirtyEight's aggregation of polls had Trump's approval at 41.3 percent Wednesday.
Their assessment appeared to align with Trump's criticism of Democratic leaders and the conservative Freedom Caucus, whom he blamed for the bill's failure.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gets majority approval from Republicans, but as with the President, only his own party seems to approve.
Pollsters found 58 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of and independent respondents believe it is "very likely" associates of Trump had "improper" contact with the Russian government. Three-quarters of Republicans, however, say they don't see that as likely.
The March 25-28 poll included 1,332 people, including 456 Republicans and 558 Democrats. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.