US Republican approval hits all-time low
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) walks with members of the Senate Republican leadership before answering questions at the US Capitol on September 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
Islam Times - Fewer than three in 10 Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a CNN poll has found.
The poll, released on Sunday, showed only 29 percent of Americans approve performance of the Republican Party, which has often backed the divisive agenda of controversial President Donald trump since his inauguration on January 20, the lowest approval rating of the since CNN began asking the question in polls in 1992.
The poll showed that most Republicans prefer Trump's vision for the GOP, with 79 percent saying he is leading the party towards the right direction, while 53 percent believe their leaders in Congress are guiding the party in the wrong direction.
Overall favorability of the leadership of the Republican Party has dropped to 20 percent, which is a new low in recent polls.
Only 39 percent of Republicans approve of the job GOP leaders are doing. House Speaker Paul Ryan's approval has plunged to 32 percent, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s favorability dropped to 20 percent.
A separate poll, also released on Sunday, says most Americans disapprove of Trump’s leadership and see him as a divisive figure who has not fulfilled his campaign promise to positively change the US government.
More than twice as many Americans - 66 percent vs. 28 percent - say Trump is doing more to divide the country than to unify it, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll published on Sunday.
Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, after he said "both sides" were to blame for the violence.
The survey shows that 39 percent of all survey respondents say Trump has brought needed change to Washington, while 59 percent say he has not.
Overall, Trump’s image continues to be negative, with 39 percent of Americans approving and 57 percent disapproving of the president’s job performance.
Critics say that Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies against immigrants and minorities before and after his election have emboldened far-right groups and promoted hate crimes across the country.
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