Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

by Abel Hampton April 4, 2017, 1:41
Key findings from the AP-NORC poll on President Donald Trump

The survey, conducted by McClatchy-Marist, found that only 38 percent of registered voters approve of what Trump has been doing since taking office in January, versus 51 percent who disapprove.

Almost 6 in 10 voters -59 percent - said Trump's conduct as president embarrassed them, according to the poll.

Trump received an "A" rating from 15 percent of those polled, a grade given to former President Barack Obama by 23 percent of those surveyed at the same point in his presidency.

But the poll also found a brighter spot for the businessman-politician on the economy, often a major driver of presidential success or failure.

President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the AHCA health care bill was pulled before a vote in Washington, March 24, 2017. Almost 9 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents disapprove of Trump, while 8 in 10 Republicans approve of the job he's doing.

Fifty-nine percent said Trump's conduct as president makes them feel "embarrassed", while 31 percent said "proud".

Republican voters, Trump's primary base, approved of his performance by 79-10%, while independent voters approved by 34-52%. The current president was also given a "B" by 22 percent, a "C" by 15 percent and a "D" by 15 percent.

Trump has hit regular high points-the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, a smooth speech to a joint session of Congress, an active deal-making role in health-care negotiations. On Capitol Hill, Democrats - and some Republicans - have called for an independent investigation, saying the congressional inquiries, particularly the House investigation, have been tainted by interference from the White House. Almost 60 percent of Americans said his behavior was embarrassing, while 31 percent said he had made them proud.

Forty-two percent described the direction in which Trump is moving the country as "change for the worse", while 37 percent said it is a "change for the better".

The poll taken from March 22 to 27 surveyed 1,062 adults, including 906 registered voters. People 18 and older residing in the contiguous United States were contacted on landline or mobile numbers and interviewed in English by telephone using live interviewers. Forty-eight percent of respondents said Trump's leadership has been "poor".

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