Trump's six-month approval rating falls to a record low

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Context, of course, matters here: Ford had pardoned Nixon in the fall of 1974 - a deeply unpopular decision that badly damaged his approval rating in the early days of his presidency.

President Donald Trump at a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in Paris on July 13.

Some media outlets went as far as to say Trump's low approval ratings were the worst in 70 years for any president after six months in office, and one publication said it was the worst ever for any White House incumbent at this stage.

Reacting to the abysmal showing in ratings, President Trump took to twitter to say that the "almost 40%' approval was 'not bad" given the time when the survey was taken.

What the majority of Americans don't believe is that Trump's tweets are interesting (only 41 percent say they are), effective (36 percent say they are) or refreshing (21 percent say they are).

The poll indicated that the Russian government's meddling during the 2016 election would continue to haunt Trump's presidency; 60 percent of national adults believed Russia tried to influence the election outcome and 44 percent believed that Trump benefited from that influence.

All lies. In fact, the ABC/WaPo poll correctly predicted that Hillary would win the popular vote by 4 percentage points, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5. His overall approval rating is down to 36 percent.

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While 58 percent said they're moving closer to realizing their own career and financial aspirations, 55 percent view Trump unfavorably.

Thirty-five percent of respondents to the poll said health care is "the most important issue facing the country right now", more than any other topic surveyed.

Half of respondents, 50 percent, said they preferred the current law, more than double the 24 percent who said they backed the GOP proposal. However, almost half (48 percent) of all Republicans polled said the meeting was in fact appropriate.

RealClearPolitics, after aggregating the last seven national surveys released from July 11 through July 16, found that Trump now has an average approval rating of 40 percent and an average disapproval of 55 percent.

The poll comes one day after Trump spent Sunday morning on Twitter attacking the news media, former electoral rival Hillary Clinton, and the investigations into any possible connections between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

The ABC poll was done via landline and mobile phone from last Monday to last Thursday, in English and Spanish, among a random sample of 1,001 adults.

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