Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump's job performance.

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. Gallup's numbers, also the result of a three-day rolling average, most recently had Trump's support at 39 percent approval, and a Quinnipiac poll placed him at 34 percent.

Beneath the 43 approval to 51 percent disapproval rating - in which 25 percent of Texans polled said they strongly approve of Trump's tenure and 44 percent said they strongly disapprove - there is some important good news for Trump: Republicans remain overwhelmingly in his corner. The poll was conducted before a shooting spree at a Washington-era baseball field on Wednesday left a congressman wounded and renewed calls for more civil political discourse. When broken down along party lines, just 9 percent of Democrats said Trump is competent compared to 80 percent of Republicans. This no doubt informs many Democrats' astonishment that Trump supporters don't see him as they do. Still, the Supreme Court, which many conservatives cited as their reason for supporting Trump during the presidential campaign, was the top vote-getter with 38 percent.

Republican voters clearly have a favorite in Abbott, with 83 percent approving his job performance. A smaller amount - 28 percent - said they believed the shooting was a random act of violence committed by an unstable person, while 17 percent said they weren't sure. Among the Republicans who have an unfavorable view of Russian Federation, 20 percent have a very unfavorable view, compared to 53 percent of Democrats whose views are very unfavorable - a remarkable reversal of the attitudes toward Russian Federation expressed in American politics in the post-World War II era.

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On RealClearPolitics poll aggregator for "Trump's Favorability" and "Direction of the Country", Trump also showed the slightest uptick.

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.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.