A national poll that was published on Sunday shows that President Trump is facing an erosion of goodwill at a rapid pace. His approval rating has taken a sharp dip, it appears, according to the poll. The Washington Post/ABC News Poll made it clear that the dip is no momentary lapse since it has brought down the sitting President's approval rating to a historic low that has not been witnessed in the past 70 years. The rating is for Trump's six-month stay and performance in the Oval Office.
The issue that started it all
The dip in rating is not an accident at all but the result of a controversy that has been boiling since last week. On Saturday, the news came out that the current President's campaign team had paid a law firm that represents Trump Junior right before a meeting took place between the man himself and a Russian attorney. It is believed that the Russian attorney had critical damaging information about the other candidate in the run for the President's office, Hillary Clinton. The news has further complicated the already tense efforts being done to subdue rumours about the Russian interference in the election process.
36% approval rating
The controversy appears to have taken its toll on the President's goodwill, because, his approval rating, which stood at 42% after his first 100 days in office, is now 36%. Almost 50% of those polled felt that the country's leadership in the globe is not as strong as it used to be before the Trump presidency began. Trump's healthcare plan is also one of the reasons for his dwindling popularity, it seems. Just 24% of those polled supported the new healthcare plan being mooted by the Republicans while 50% backed Barack Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act.
Reacting to the abysmal showing in ratings, President Trump took to twitter to say that the 'almost 40%' approval was 'not bad' given the time when the survey was taken. He also went on to say that the poll during the election was completely inaccurate.
Trump Junior has already dug himself deeper with the emails showing that he was keen to pursue a Russian government smear campaign directed at Hillary Clinton. He has already been facing the fire for his meeting in June 2016 with Russians, including attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, along with many key members of Trump's staff.