(Last Updated On: October 31, 2017)


By James, Michael Igiri

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest level since assuming office, with more Americans disapproving of his performance as Commander-In-Chief and handling some policy issues while largely favouring his work on the economy.

A new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll reveals Mr Trump’s approval rating stood at 38%, a five point drop from September. It said 58% of Americans disapproved of the job the president has done.

Although more than 8 in 10 Republicans continue to approve of Trump’s performance, the survey found a dip in his support among political independents, and this has been interpreted as a sign of erosion among some of the president’s core voters.

In what has been described as a tepid support for a campaign against NFL players, poor  handlings of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Iran nuclear deal, and poor approach to the handling of the US-North Korea tensions, Americans have generally given the president poor marks with 53% disapproving of most of his decisions.

By contrast, 42% however approved of his handling of the economy.

And with mid-term elections a year away, The Wall Street Journal reports more people say they want to see Democrats than Republicans control congress.

Although the future is unclear at this point, the rank-and-file of the Republican party are still largely lining up behind the president just as it is believed that the mid-term election figure in large part will be a referendum on the Trump presidency.