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Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Crime, Politics, Polls | 0 comments

Washington Post/ABC News Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions

Donald Trump was recently braggging on Twitter that he had a 52% favorable rating…a slight “mistake” (that was his disapproval rating.) And, also for Trump — and possibly for the GOP in the mid-terms –-the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll finds he has a 60 percent disapproval rating. Plus, there are some other tidbits of bad news for Trump, suggesting that his campaign against Special Counsel Bob Mueller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions may win rave reviews (what else?) from Sean Hannity and Fox & Friends — but not the general public. The campaign seems to be failing with the general electorate:

President Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel’s Russia investigation and say the president should not fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

At the dawn of the fall campaign sprint to the midterm ­elections, which will determine whether Democrats retake control of Congress, the poll finds that a majority of the public has turned against Trump and is on guard against his efforts to influence the Justice Department and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging probe.

Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Trump being removed from office, while 46 percent say Congress should not.

And a narrow majority — 53 percent — say they think Trump has tried to interfere with Mueller’s investigation in a way that amounts to obstruction of justice; 35 percent say they do not think the president has tried to interfere.

Overall, 60 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance, with 36 percent approving, according to the poll. Because of random sampling variation, this represents only a marginal shift from the last Post-ABC survey, in April, which measured Trump’s rating at 56 percent disapproval and 40 percent approval.

The new poll was conducted Aug. 26 to 29, in the week after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of federal tax and bank fraud and after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty and implicated the president in illegal payments to silence women who alleged sexual encounters with Trump.

Which suggests Trump, his most vocal supporters, and Fox News “political entertainment” hosts aren’t winning their propaganda political messaging campaign.