Despite Tax Win, Trump Approval Plummets to 35

(CN) – Despite the successful passage of a Republican tax bill through Congress, President Donald Trump’s approval rating has reached an all-time low of just 35 percent, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday.

The low job approval number, similar to other polls recently released, reflect an administration beset by issues with its image.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the low poll numbers. She attributed the historic disapproval ratings to media coverage of Trump.

“While the president and this administration has been very focused on how we can better help the American people, I think often times the media is focused on other things,” Sanders said. “Certainly not talking about the growing economy, certainly not talking about the crushing of ISIS, not talking about the creation of jobs. If you look at the amount of time that is spent on negative coverage of this president, 90 percent of the coverage is negative about this president when, as you said, I listed off a number of things that have been pretty historic in nature in this first year.”

Trump has seen a number of setbacks in his short time in office, including an expanding list of officials who have been fired or resigned. The latest, Omarosa Manigault Newman joins the list of high-profile departures including former FBI Director James Comey and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The administration is also under federal investigation of possible inappropriate contact with Russian officials.

Despite receiving a legislative win with tax-cut efforts, only 34 percent of Americans approve of how the president is handling taxes. A record 57 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue, according to the poll.

The results are in line with another poll question regarding the Republican-led tax reforms. More than half of respondents said they oppose the tax bill, compared to just 33 percent in favor of it. Meanwhile, 66 percent believe the tax cuts will do more to benefit the wealthy than the middle class. Nine other surveys taken this month show similar results.

The president’s low polling numbers and passage of an unpopular tax bill could directly hit Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. In 2010, congressional Democrats lost more than 50 seats in the House of Representatives following passage of the Affordable Care Act.

All 435 House seats are up for grabs next year, as are 33 seats in the Senate. Following the poll results, historical data and Doug Jones’ victory over Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election this year, 2018 could very well flip for Democrats as 2010 did for Republicans.


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