While many in the media were excoriating President Donald Trump for his bizarre comments during the press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new poll shows how Americans saw the episode.
Here’s what the poll says
According to a new Reuters poll, Americans’ approval of the president did not change substantively from the daily average in the same poll after the highly criticized meeting in Helsinki.
This means that the poll registered no drop in Trump’s approval from the outrage expressed on many cable news channels and on social media.
However, the average approval rating for Trump’s treatment remained low, at 42 percent of registered voters. The daily average for the month of July for the rating fell between 40 and 44.
When questioned about Russia specifically, a majority of registered voters (55 percent) said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of Russian relations, while only 37 percent approved of the same.
The split was especially clear between Republicans, among whom 71 percent approved of Russian relations, and Democrats, among whom only 17 percent approved.
On Tuesday, the president appeared to walk back the questionable comments he made at the summit where he appeared to believe Putin’s word over the assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian government meddled in the U.S. election.
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