The new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows the Putin meeting had little impact on his popularity.
28% of respondents in the poll said they ‘Strongly Approve’ of Trump’s overall performance, while 43% said they ‘Strongly Disapprove’.
Trump’s approval numbers were up slightly; 24% of respondents had said they ‘Strongly Approve’ of him in the June 2018 poll. In that poll, 16% of respondents were ‘Somewhat positive’ about the president. In the most recent poll, 12% described themselves as ‘Somewhat positive’.
In response to a slightly differently worded question, 45% of respondents approved of the job Trump is doing as president and 52% disapproved.
While the Trump administration is often characterised as tumultuous and chaotic, it has remained quite stable in terms of voter support and has been largely unaffected by high-profile criticism of his travel ban, his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his description of white nationalists as “very fine people”.
Support for Trump was sharply divided along party lines. 66% of respondents who identified themselves as Republicans approved of the Trump-Putin summit while only 8% of Democrats voiced their approval.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 22, 2018
Voters were most impressed with Trump’s handling of the economy (50% approval and 34% disapproval) and his relationship with North Korea (44% approval).
Only 31% of those surveyed approved of the policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents.
US voters unhappy with Trump’s relationship with Russia
Just 26% approved of his relationship with Russia. Almost twice as many respondents (51%) disapproved of the relationship. On a tweet posted on 22 July local time, Trump said the meeting with Putin had been “GREAT” and efforts to criticise it had been “So bad for our country!”.
I had a GREAT meeting with Putin and the Fake News used every bit of their energy to try and disparage it. So bad for our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
The meeting came just days after special counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of interfering in the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 US election campaign. Trump said at the summit that he didn’t see any reason why Russia would have been involved and his comments were met with outrage, with many Republicans strongly condemning the President. He later said he misspoke at the conference and did believe US intelligence agencies.
While the poll showed dissatisfaction with how Trump handled the Putin meeting the reaction was more subdued than the thunderous condemnation the president received in Washington.
Trump's job approval stable, but gets low marks on trade, immigration and Russia: NBC News-WSJ poll https://t.co/phrp6RTmim
— CNBC (@CNBC) July 22, 2018
Poll shows support for Trump’s handling of the US economy
The strong result for Trump in the poll on economic matters echoes other poll results; in a survey by The Economist and YouGov conducted over 15 to 17 July found 48% of respondents approved of Trump’s handling of the economy.
In an opinion piece in The Guardian, independent Vermont senator Bernie Sanders said that many in the US were not seeing any benefit of the apparent economic boom.
“140 million Americans lack the resources to pay for housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation and a cellphone without going into debt,” he wrote.
Overall, Trump’s approval rating has continually remained lower than that of the past two presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.