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August 29, 2017
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Only 16 percent of Americans "like" how President Trump "conducts himself as president," a new Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday revealed. A notable 58 percent of Americans reported they did not like Trump's conduct, while 25 percent said they have "mixed feelings" about it.

Republicans approved of Trump's conduct more than Democrats did, but still only 34 percent of Republicans reported liking the president's behavior. Meanwhile, 46 percent of Republicans reported having "mixed feelings," and 19 percent flat out said they disliked Trump's conduct. Just 2 percent of Democrats reported liking the president's conduct, while a whopping 89 percent said they did not.

In another striking finding, the poll revealed that nearly half — 45 percent — of Americans agree with the president on "no or almost no" issues. Only 31 percent of Republicans agree with Trump on "all or nearly all" issues.

The poll was conducted Aug. 15-21 among 1,893 adults. Its overall margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. Becca Stanek

August 14, 2017

On Monday, President Trump's approval rating fell to its lowest point ever in the Gallup Daily tracking poll. Now, just 34 percent approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 61 percent disapprove.

Brian Klaas of the London School of Economics put into perspective just how dismal Trump's disapproval rating is:

Gallup released the ratings after a rocky weekend for the president, during which he was heavily criticized for being slow to directly condemn the violence of white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, HuffPost's Ariel Edwards-Levy noted that the downhill slide appears to have started even before the events in Charlottesville:

The poll surveyed roughly 1,500 adults nationwide, and its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Becca Stanek

July 17, 2017
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An overwhelming majority of Americans don't think their president conducts himself in a very presidential manner. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday revealed that precisely 70 percent of Americans believe President Trump has acted unpresidentially since he was sworn into office. Just 24 percent of Americans described Trump's behavior as "fitting and proper."

On top of that, 68 percent of Americans said they do not view Trump as a positive role model; 57 percent said the more they hear about Trump the less they like him; and 56 percent said Trump's behavior is "damaging to the presidency overall."

Those opinions could have something to do with Trump's tweeting: Sixty-eight percent deemed Trump's use of Twitter "inappropriate," while 52 percent called it "dangerous." The poll found that far more women (78 percent) found Trump's tweeting "inappropriate" than men (58 percent).

The poll was conducted by phone from July 10-13 among 1,001 adults. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Becca Stanek

July 6, 2017

President Trump has been abroad for less than 24 hours and already he's had two notably awkward encounters involving hands.

The first incident on Thursday involved Poland's first lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda. After Trump shook hands onstage with Polish President Andrzej Duda, he saw the first lady headed his way with her hand extended and naturally assumed she wanted to shake his hand. She didn't.

She sailed right on past Trump and instead greeted first lady Melania Trump, leaving the president standing there with a stunned look on his face:

Kornhauser-Duda apparently later shook Trump's hand.

Later Thursday, Trump was once again confronted with shaking German Chancellor Angela Merkel's hand — and this time he didn't refuse like he did when she visited the White House in May. Instead, the duo opted for an uncomfortably prolonged grip. Merkel seemed to make an attempt at smiling:

And Trump's handshaking on his trip abroad is just getting started: Trump is slated to meet with at least nine leaders during the upcoming Group of 20 summit, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

While you await the president's next cringeworthy handshake, revisit his past encounters with The Week's visual history of Trump's most awkward, tender, and aggressive handshakes. Becca Stanek

June 13, 2017
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President Trump's disapproval rating hit 60 percent in Gallup's daily tracking poll out Tuesday. That marks an all-time high for Trump's presidency, beating out his previous high of 59 percent.

Just 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Trump narrowly missed also setting a record for that rating; his all-time low is 35 percent approval, from March 28.

The Hill reported that neither former Presidents Barack Obama nor Bill Clinton ever hit 60 percent disapproval in Gallup's survey, and former President George W. Bush didn't cross that threshold until he'd been president for nearly five years.

The poll surveyed roughly 1,500 adults by telephone, and its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Becca Stanek

June 7, 2017
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President Trump's approval rating dipped to a dismal 34 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. A whopping 57 percent of Americans now disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, marking a "new low" for Trump in the poll. Quinnipiac's findings are about on par with FiveThirtyEight's average of Trump's disapproval rating, 55.9 percent, and 38.3 percent approval number.

Trump's atrocious approval rating is just the beginning of the bad news for the president. Quinnipiac also found that 68 percent of Americans do not believe Trump is level-headed, and one-third of Trump's own party questions just how level-headed he is. Only 32 percent of voters believe Trump "did nothing wrong" with Russia, while 31 percent say he did something "illegal" and 29 percent say he did something "unethical." Sixty-eight percent of voters reported being either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Trump's relationship with Russia.

Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy likened this poll to the moment in a "prize fight" where "someone in [Trump's] corner might be thinking about throwing in the towel." "There is zero good news for President Donald Trump in this survey, just a continual slide into a chasm of doubt about his policies and his very fitness to serve," Malloy said.

The Quinnipiac University Poll was conducted by phone from May 31 to June 6 among 1,361 voters nationwide. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Becca Stanek

June 6, 2017
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President Trump had a tough time getting a lawyer to agree to represent him in the ongoing investigation into his team's potential ties to Russia's election meddling. Yahoo News reported Tuesday that "top lawyers with at least four major law firms" rejected Trump's request for representation, before Trump eventually got New York civil litigator Marc E. Kasowitz to sign on as his chief lawyer.

Lawyers' reasons for rejecting Trump varied, ranging from concerns about conflicts with existing clients, to a lack of time, to whether being associated with Trump could be detrimental to a firm's reputation and recruitment efforts. However, two reasons cropped up again and again, Yahoo News reported:

But a consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.

"The concerns were, 'The guy won't pay and he won't listen,'" said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions between the firms and the administration, as well as deliberations within the firms themselves. [Yahoo News]

The guy Trump did get to take charge of his case isn't particularly experienced in dealing with congressional and Justice Department investigations, Yahoo News reported. Kasowitz has apparently been reaching out to Washington legal veterans to get tips on how to build Trump's defense strategy.

Read more on the story at Yahoo News. Becca Stanek

June 5, 2017
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Fifty-nine percent of Americans oppose President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday revealed. Just 28 percent of Americans support Trump's move to pull out of the global climate pact, which aims to fight climate change by curbing carbon emissions.

While Trump described the agreement as a hindrance to American workers and the economy when he announced his intent to withdraw from it Thursday, 42 percent of Americans actually believe withdrawing will hurt the economy. Thirty-two percent said it would help the economy.

Trump's decision to bail on the agreement, signed by more than 190 nations, has drawn criticism from local leaders, major U.S. companies, and American allies. The Trump administration has maintained it's "a bad deal for this country."

The poll was conducted by phone from June 2 to 4 among 527 adults. Its overall margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points. Becca Stanek

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