Trump's Post-Comey Approval Numbers Are Grim

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US President Donald Trump listens to remarks from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) during a joint statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

A new poll shows President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen to its lowest level since his inauguration.

As with other surveys, partisanship was evident, with 79 percent of Republicans approving of Trump's job performance, mirroring the 79 percent of Democrats who disapprove, the poll revealed.

It's too early to tell how the past two days of bad news have affected President Trump's numbers.

79 percent of Republicans approve of the job Trump is doing. Slightly more Republicans (14 percent vs. 10 percent) said Trump was wrong to remove Comey, although the same share (62 percent) still said he was right.

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Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic leader of the Senate, described Mr Trump's behaviour, if as reported in Mr Comey's notes, as "an assault on the rule of law". But the general public doesn't seem to like Trump's decision either, giving Comey's firing a 29 percent approval rating compared to a 38 percent disapproval rating, according to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

The percentage of voters who said Trump was right to remove Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, 34 percent, is virtually unchanged from the 35 percent who previously said Trump did the right thing. This time, Trump's approval rating was actually on a post-Syria bombing upswing; he managed to climb back up to a 42 percent approval rating in the month of April.

Independent voters tilt against Trump, however: Only 39 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, compared with 50 percent who disapprove. The White House denied the report but the news set off a firestorm of coverage.

There was also support for lowering taxes on small businesses - 63% of those surveyed said small businesses should see their tax rate drop to a 15% rate, while just 15% opposed it.

The poll was conducted among 1,500 adults by means of phone interviews with a three percentage point margin of error. Such an outcome would likely not be a popular one, according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll.

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