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The concerted pushback came as a Washington Post-ABC News poll near the six-month point in Trump's administration showed him facing significantly declining approval ratings, down from 42 per cent in April to 36 per cent today.

Asked about Trump's performance as president, half of the respondents answered that he is doing a worse job than previous presidents. The only President to receive similar ratings was Gerald Ford at 39% in 1975.

Buffeted by the Russian Federation probe, perception of a declining world role and a stalled domestic agenda, US President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit a new low, according to a new poll.

The approval rating for Trump, who approaches six months in office, is lower than that of any of his predecessors in 70 years, Xinhua reported.

Mr Trump attacked the poll on Twitter, saying on the one hand that "almost 40% [approval] is not bad at this time", before discrediting the poll as "just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!". Among Democrats, 8 in 10 believe Russian Federation attempted to influence the election and more than 6 in 10 think members of Mr. Trump's team attempted to aid their efforts.

Two-thirds of those surveyed also said they do not trust Trump to negotiate with other world leaders.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

On the domestic policy front, 50 percent said they preferred the existing health care system, known as Obamacare, and only 24 percent preferred the Republican bill proposed by Trump as a replacement.

The survey points to many causes for President Trump's troubles.

Overall, 48 percent of those polled said they "disapprove strongly" of the current United States president's performance in office. Fifty-five percent of respondents said he was making no significant progress towards his policy goals. Partisan divisions in the poll were "35-23-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents". But nearly half of all Republicans call the meeting appropriate.

On July 11, the second day the poll was in the field, Donald Trump Jr. released his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone regarding a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that Trump Jr. eventually attended with Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner during the 2016 election. Fifty-two percent said all Democrats are focused on is opposing Trump.

The poll was conducted by landline and cell phone from July 10 to 13 in both English and Spanish among a random sample of 1,001 adults with a margin of error of 3.5 points.

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