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More than half of Americans disapprove of Trump, says poll


US President Donald J. Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival for a NATO Summit, at Stansted Airport in London, Britain, 02 December 2019. EFE/EPA/ANDY RAIN


Miami, USA, December 4 (efe-epa).- Around 55 percent of Americans disapprove of the United States’ president’s performance, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Florida’s Saint Leo University, which also reflects that he maintains the support of his Republican base.

In Florida, which recently became the official residence of Trump and where he spends winter periods with his family, 51.4 percent of those surveyed expressed disapproval at how well Donald Trump is doing as president, the university's Polling Institute said.

The real estate tycoon won in Florida in 2016, considered a key state in the presidential election, by less than 2 percentage points against former secretary of state and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

On the other hand, despite Trump facing an impeachment process in the House of Representatives, the poll shows that his approval rating in the country remains consistent, with the approval of 43.4 percent of people surveyed in November.

The results are a "part of a decades-long shift of less dynamic approval as a result of polarization," said the institute's director Frank Orlando in a statement.

"Barring incontrovertible bombshells one way or the other, those who oppose will continue to find reasons to do so, and those who support him will do likewise," he added.

“Although the president’s approval rating goes up and down slightly, opinions of his job performance are by now baked into the pumpkin pie,” said Orlando.

The November poll by Saint Leo also showed that most Republicans — 85.5 percent across the country and 84 percent in Florida — continue to support Trump.

Among independent voters, 39.6 percent across the country approved of Trump's performance in the country's top job, compared to 40.5 percent in Florida.

Among Democrats, 12.4 percent nationally support him, while 14.2 percent in Florida do.

The poll interviewed 1,000 people across the country, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points, and 500 people in Florida, with a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

The survey collected responses from 1,000 people nationwide, and 500 in Florida from Nov. 13-18, after the start of the October impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. 

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