Trump approval hits record-low 32 percent in AP poll (The Hill link): President Trump's approval rating has sunk to a new low in a new Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey. Thirty-two percent of Americans polled said they approved of Trump's handling of his job in office nine months into his presidency, while 67 percent of those polled said they disapproved. The president's approval rating in the poll is down from 42 percent in March and 35 percent in June.
Trump also did not fare well among Americans who were asked if he understands their needs and problems. Sixty-four percent of Americans said the president did not understand their needs "not very well" or "not very well at all."
Trump's job approval rating in the poll is lower than many released recently, as he is hovering around 40 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of such surveys.
The AP/NORC survey was conducted in late September and early October, at a time when the president was taking heat for his response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.
The president stirred controversy when he attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Twitter. Cruz had criticized the federal government's response to Hurricane Irma, which left virtually all of Puerto Rico without power.
The Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs research survey was conducted on Sept. 28-Oct. 2 among 1,150 adults. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.
Poll: GOP's popularity 'is in freefall' (The Hill link): Registered voters are increasingly turning away from the Republican Party and looking to the Democrats to solve America's biggest problems, according to a new poll.
A Suffolk University-USA Today survey released Thursday shows that 62 percent of respondents now have an unfavorable view of the GOP, a 7-point jump in unpopularity for the party since the same poll in June. Just under half, 48 percent, feel the same way about the Democrats.
The poll found that 43 percent of voters look to congressional Democrats to protect families when it comes to health care, compared to 15 percent who trust President Trump on health care and less than 10 percent who say the Republican Party should lead the way.
“The Republican Party is in freefall,” said Suffolk University poll director David Paleologos. “In March the GOP had a 48 percent unfavorable rating, in June the negative swelled to 55 percent. Today the GOP unfavorable is 62 percent. What’s next?”
When it comes to the president, more than half of respondents say Trump has not delivered on his promises. Nearly 57 percent of respondents say they want to see a Congress elected in 2018 that will stand up against Trump, while just 33 percent want Congress to cooperate with Trump and his legislative agenda.
Trump's unfavorable rating has climbed 2 points, to 57 percent, since the last poll. Just over a third, 34 percent of respondents, say they view Trump and his administration favorably.
Almost two-thirds of the country, 64 percent, say America is on the wrong track. That number has jumped 8 percent since June.
The Suffolk University-USA Today poll was conducted from Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 and contacted 1,000 likely voters by telephone. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.