President Donald Trump’s job approval poll rating has fallen to a new low in the wake of the release of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller this week.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that only 37 percent of those surveyed said they approve of Trump’s performance in office, which is a 3 point drop over the course of two days and a new low for the year.
The Reuters poll is the first released since Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of the 400-plus page Mueller report on Thursday afternoon. While Mueller didn’t find evidence suggesting that the president directly conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 election, it laid out multiple instances where he attempted to impede the investigation and obstruct justice, which is the same crime that led to articles of impeachment against former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
The Hill notes that there was other troubling news in the Reuters/Ipsos poll:
According to the poll, 50 percent of adults said they believed that “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election,” while 58 percent surveyed said they thought Trump “tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration.”
The survey found that Americans remain divided over whether they think Trump should be impeached. Forty percent if those polled said Trump should be ousted, while 42 percent said the House should not begin impeachment proceedings.
As expected, the poll was sharply divided along partisan lines, with Democrats giving Trump lower numbers than their Republican counterparts who took part in the survey.
Seventy percent of those who said they were familiar with the Mueller report told pollsters it did’t not change their view of Trump or Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they learned something that changed their view of Trump or the Russia investigation following the release of Mueller’s report.
If Trump’s poll numbers continue to fall, Congressional Republicans may finally face a political decision on whether or not they need to remove him from office. Though that possibility remains scant at this point in time, a poll number for Trump in the 20s or lower might spell doom for the GOP in the 2020 election and lead them to seek his ouster.
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