Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration

Posted May 20, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump stops to give a thumbs up as he departs the White House to embark on a trip to the Middle East and Europe, in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.

Donald Trump's popularity rate fell to the lowest level after his swearing-in, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of the Reuters news agency.

The mid-May opinion poll found that only 38-percent of adults approved of Trump while 56-percent disapproved.

Another 55% said Trump's disclosure made them feel "not confident" with his ability to handle highly classified information, while almost as many (52%) said the disclosure made them feel "not confident" in the President's ability to keep the country safe from terrorism. There followed reports of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Camley, whom Trump recently abstained, and expressed his concern in writing that Trump was pushing him to stop his research on the relations of his campaign for Russian Federation. That was followed by reports that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom Trump recently fired, had written memos expressing concerns that the president had pressured him to stop investigating Mr Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

The ongoing probe into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign has reportedly identified a current White House official as "a significant person of interest, "The Washington Post reports".

The analysts say Trump still remains popular and can manage the situation.

Trump's approval rating has taken another hit amid the recent scandals, with 53% of voters saying they disapprove of his job performance, up from 50% last week.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week put that number at 16 percent.

Almost six in 10 voters (58%) said they felt Trump's decision to share sensitive information about ISIS with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last week was "inappropriate", the poll found, while just 22% said they felt the disclosure was appropriate. It gathered responses from 1,971 adults, including 721 Republicans and 795 Democrats.