Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions


Right-leaning Rasmussen Reports, which has consistently shown Trump with higher approval ratings than other pollsters, provided Trump with some rare good news with the release of its latest poll.

The new survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found more than 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, and almost half strongly disapprove.

Two-thirds of Americans, or 65 per cent, think Trump doesn't have much respect for the country's democratic institutions and traditions or has none at all. "Among whites without a college education, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of Trump previous year, 50 percent say they approve of Trump, down slightly from 58 percent in March". Among Republicans in the state, 80 percent approve of the job the president is doing.

Texans remain divided down the middle on whether Donald Trump is competent to be president. Two in five Texas voters - predominantly Democrats - believe Russian Federation influenced the 2016 election and in a way that benefitted Trump.

The strongest evidence of Texas Republican voters' embrace of the president who both defied their party's leadership and defeated a handful of Texas-based candidates in the 2016 presidential primary is the sustained approval of the job he is doing as president. The public at large thinks Trump's conduct has been improper, and Americans are not so entranced with Trump's agenda that they feel desperate to preserve his presidency.

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Texas opinions were divided with 39 percent holding a favorable view of the existing health care law and 49 percent an unfavorable view. This no doubt informs many Democrats' astonishment that Trump supporters don't see him as they do.

Almost as many Americans, 64 percent, disapprove of Trump's climate change policies. And among Democrats, 90 percent disapprove. The president announced earlier this month that he would from the 195-nation Paris climate deal and has made a concerted push to undo Obama-era environmental regulations.

Sixty-three per cent disapprove of Trump's handling of foreign policy, 60 per cent disapprove of his handling of immigration, and 55 per cent disapprove of how he's handling the economy.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from June 2 to June 11 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points.