A poll released Friday by Reuters/Ipsos reveals President Donald Trump’s approval rating is now at its lowest point since the inauguration, with only 38 percent of adults surveyed saying they approve of his job performance.
The survey captured the opinions of 1,971 adults, including 721 Republicans and 795 Democrats. It was conducted from May 14-18.
According to Reuters/Ipsos, 38 percent of respondents said they approve of Trump’s job performance, 56 percent disapprove, and 6 percent said they have “mixed feelings.”
Interestingly, the survey found little change in the attitudes of Democrats and independents from the previous Reuters/Ipsos poll, which was taken one week ago. The largest change—and thus the reason for Trump’s numbers falling to an all-time low—is due to self-identified Republicans. According to the survey, 23 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of Trump in the latest poll, which is 7 percentage points higher than what was reported last week.
The past week has been one of Trump’s toughest since becoming president. Early in the week, Trump was accused of sharing highly classified information with Russian officials at the White House.
Trump was also accused of having told former FBI Director James Comey that he should drop the investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who had been fired for misleading Trump administration officials about his ties to Russia.
On Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) announced Comey will publicly answer questions before the committee about potential “Russian interference” in the 2016 election.
Also on Friday, the New York Times reported White House leakers indicated Trump told Russian diplomats Comey is “crazy” and “ a real nut job” and that firing him has lessened the “great pressure” the president has faced over the allegations claiming Trump colluded with Russia to defeat Clinton.
Whether these claims are true or not, it appears, based on the Reuters/Ipsos polling results, these allegations have started to affect Republicans’ view of Trump.