Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions

Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project, which conducts the poll, said one takeaway from the survey is that if people are expecting "the bottom to fall out of Trump's support" among Republicans because of all the bad news and tribulations he has experienced since he became president, "It's just not happening".

Trump advisers describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy.

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However, Obama's approval ratings were higher than Trump's when he left office, and when he was at the same stage of his presidency in 2009 as Trump is now.

Trump also crowed about the latest Rasmussen Reports' daily presidential poll, which puts his approval at 50 percent - although competing polls put his disapproval rating at an all-time high.

Beneath the 43 approval to 51 percent disapproval rating - in which 25 percent of Texans polled said they strongly approve of Trump's tenure and 44 percent said they strongly disapprove - there is some important good news for Trump: Republicans remain overwhelmingly in his corner.

The figurative wrestling match between the state's top three officials jiggled their approval ratings, but not by much, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Trump's average approval rating is less than 39 per cent.

Sunday's tweets followed Trump's furious Twitter outburst on Friday in which he announced he was under investigation in connection with a probe into alleged Russian election meddling that has dogged the administration and gained steam in recent weeks. The poll was conducted after Trump's announcement that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. His favorability is at 40.4 percent - up from 40.2 percent last week - and his unfavorability is at 54.6 percent - also a slight increase from 54.2 from last week.

"Great news", he said a couple of hours after the poll was released. Only about 34 percent said they believe he has a great deal or even a fair amount of respect for such institutions.

  • Joanne Flowers