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Trump's approval rating dips to 37%, new poll finds

President Donald Trump's approval rating has dipped back below 40%, a new poll released Wednesday found.Trump'...

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 12:50 AM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 12:50 AM

President Donald Trump's approval rating has dipped back below 40%, a new poll released Wednesday found.

Trump's approval rating stands at 37%, slightly down from 40% approval earlier this month, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday. A majority of Americans, 58%, disapprove of the President's job performance.

Trump had seen a slight rise in his approval rating following his State of the Union speech.

Four in 10 Americans, 40%, say they like the President's policies, but only 3 in 10, 30%, say they like Trump as a person. Of Republican voters, 89% like Trump's policies, but only 68% like him as a person.

The Department of Justice announced on Friday indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 US election, including enlisting "unwitting" Americans to coordinate political activities and using social media to support Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton.

In the new Quinnipiac poll, despite what the President believes, more Americans think the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 election -- 76%, compared with 68% in January. Sixty-eight percent are concerned that the Kremlin will try to interfere in the midterm elections this year. A broad 70% of Democrats are "very concerned," compared with 43% of independents and 13% of Republicans.

More than half of Americans, 57%, disapprove of the way Trump has responded to the potential threat of Russian meddling in the midterms.

The White House's handling of Rob Porter

Rob Porter, who was serving as Trump's staff secretary, resigned two weeks ago amid allegations that he had abused two of his ex-wives. He has denied the allegations. CNN reported that some of Trump's top aides had not removed Porter from his post and had considered promoting him despite being briefed by the FBI on the allegations months ago and knowing Porter was operating without a permanent security clearance.

A majority of Americans, 55%, believe Trump failed to appropriately respond, with a larger portion of voters, 59%, disapproving of the administration's handling of the Porter allegations. Sixty-five percent did not approve of the decision to let Porter keep his job even after White House officials were informed of the allegations.

Three out of four Americans, 73%, think someone who has been accused of domestic violence by multiple people should not be allowed to have a security clearance.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted February 16-19 among 1,249 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Voters were reached via cellphone or landline.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 276500

Reported Deaths: 3321
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin590031089
Ramsey24988472
Anoka19724213
Dakota19215176
Washington12538106
Stearns1226689
Scott753854
St. Louis740897
Wright663436
Olmsted610130
Sherburne512539
Clay445155
Carver409712
Blue Earth373511
Rice361431
Kandiyohi348215
Crow Wing316130
Nobles296028
Chisago28398
Otter Tail266615
Benton261940
Winona246128
Mower236722
Polk228621
Douglas219829
Morrison211621
Lyon193711
McLeod18879
Beltrami184615
Goodhue177626
Becker17559
Itasca168924
Steele16756
Todd165312
Isanti165015
Carlton153610
Nicollet146523
Freeborn13935
Mille Lacs132830
Le Sueur13219
Waseca129710
Cass12018
Pine11926
Brown117510
Meeker10797
Roseau9923
Martin98220
Hubbard97022
Wabasha9121
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Redwood78018
Watonwan7754
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Sibley7094
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Cottonwood7060
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Pipestone67018
Rock6439
Houston6152
Fillmore6050
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Pennington5356
Kanabec52911
Murray5283
Swift4976
Pope4820
Faribault4750
Stevens4442
Clearwater4356
Marshall4277
Jackson4091
Lake3584
Unassigned34356
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Wilkin3275
Lac qui Parle3203
Lincoln3141
Norman3096
Big Stone2771
Mahnomen2494
Grant2346
Red Lake1903
Kittson1856
Traverse1330
Lake of the Woods871
Cook580

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 213603

Reported Deaths: 2193
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Polk31707324
Linn13442161
Scott1040375
Black Hawk10393127
Woodbury9932114
Johnson911635
Dubuque879290
Story647619
Dallas602856
Pottawattamie585166
Sioux351925
Webster335930
Marshall332942
Cerro Gordo326541
Clinton307737
Buena Vista291114
Muscatine270366
Des Moines270116
Plymouth259537
Warren258510
Wapello242871
Jones222212
Jasper206639
Marion194418
Carroll190920
Lee190315
Bremer182612
Henry17087
Crawford170615
Benton160315
Tama146340
Jackson13758
Delaware136221
Washington131313
Boone128811
Dickinson127510
Mahaska121327
Wright11625
Buchanan11009
Page10834
Hardin107510
Clay10624
Clayton10234
Harrison102328
Hamilton10157
Cedar101413
Calhoun10047
Mills9886
Fayette9768
Floyd96914
Lyon9668
Kossuth9464
Poweshiek93712
Butler9134
Winneshiek90310
Iowa88011
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Louisa81316
Hancock8067
Grundy79710
Chickasaw7893
Sac7817
Cherokee7624
Cass75419
Appanoose7426
Shelby7265
Allamakee72411
Mitchell7184
Union7096
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Emmet70623
Franklin68419
Humboldt6645
Madison6474
Jefferson6351
Palo Alto6064
Unassigned5950
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Howard5069
Greene4980
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Taylor4312
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