President Donald Trump’s approval numbers have remained unchanged throughout the week following disclosures that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians connected to the Kremlin to get political dirt on Hillary Clinton and after Trump Jr. tweeted out the emails confirming the meeting. The news cycles have almost exclusively dealt with whether or not this meeting is collusion, and even members of conservative media and Republican senators have begun to criticize the administration.
Trump’s approval numbers have maintained a steady support around or just below 40 percent after they dipped into the mid-30s last month following the firing and subsequent testimony of FBI Director James Comey. They remained unchanged last week after the G20 Summit in Hamburg and, before that, a series of disparaging tweets towards MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and an edited wrestling video showing President Trump ‘slamming’ CNN.
Scandals have followed the president and his administration week after week, and questions about whether or not the Trump campaign engaged in collusion with the Russian government dog the administration more than ever.
Trump’s approval ratings may take on more interest in the coming days amid backlash from conservative media. On Thursday, longtime columnist Charles Krauthhammer described the emails from Trump Jr. as “collusion.” Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith went on a tirade Friday, claiming “lies” by the administration.
Additionally, Rep Trey Gowdy of South Carolina was the most forthright Republican to criticized the administration for their handling of the scandal.
“You should get everyone in a room, and from the moment you watched either ‘Dr. Zhivago’ or read ‘Brothers Karamazov’ to the point you had a shot of liquor with a guy in a furry hat, you need to disclose every contact you have ever had with Russia,” said a visibly frustrated Gowdy Wednesday on “CBS Evening News.”
Three polls of Trump’s approval ratings were taken this week: Rasmussen, Gallup and SurveyMonkey. All three showed the president’s losing steam, even in the polls that are considered more favorable to him.
In the Rasmussen Report, a historically right-leaning tracking poll, the president got his highest approval rating, 43 percent, between July 11 and July 14, falling two points from last week. The FiveThirtyEight tracking aggregator, which weighs the polls by historic leanings, adjusted that percentage down to 39 percent. By contrast, the approval tracker showed a 57 percent disapproval rating.
In a Gallup Poll taken between July 11 and July 14, Trump’s received 38 percent approval and 57 percent disapproval rating. These numbers show him getting one more percent than last week poll that showed him with 37 percent. The Gallup Poll was adjusted to 39 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval rating.
A SurveyMonkey taken between July 7 and July 13 was in between the Gallup poll and Rassmussen poll, with 42 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval, adjusted to 40 percent approval and 55 percent disapproval. This is a slight downturn in approval from last week’s numbers.
The FiveThirtyEight aggregator averages 39.1 percent approval and 55.3 percent disapproval, which has shown the president’s approval maintaining similar support numbers following the G20 Summit and subsequent revelation about his son’s meeting with the Russian lawyer during the campaign.
On RealClearPolitics poll aggregator for “Trump’s Favorability” and “Direction of the Country,” there has been a similarly low level of support for the president. His favorability is at 40.5 percent and his unfavorability is at 53.6 percent. An average of only 33.1 percent of Americans thinks the country is going in the right direction, while 59.1 percent think the country is going in the wrong direction. They are almost identical numbers to last week.