In another sign that Donald Trump’s presidency is in a downward spiral, a newly released poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans don’t like how the president is handling his office, fueling increasing calls for his impeachment.
According to the survey, conducted by Associated Press-NORC, sixty-four percent of respondents disapprove of the job Trump is doing in the White House, while just over a third, 34 percent, approved of Trump.
The poll also found that 65 percent of Americans believe Trump has little or no respect for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions. Only about 34 percent said they believe he has a great deal or even a fair amount of respect for such institutions.
While that sentiment appeared most common among Democrats and independents — 9 in 10 and 6 in 10, respectively — an increasing number of Republican voters said Trump had little or no respect for democratic institutions in America, and that’s bad news for Trump.
And it gets worse:
The same poll shows that a whopping 66 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of healthcare. That comes two months after House Republicans passed a measure to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate is hammering out its own healthcare bill.
Nearly as many Americans, 64 percent, disapprove of Trump’s climate change policies. The president announced earlier this month that he would withdraw the U.S. from the 195-nation Paris climate deal and has made a concerted push to undo Obama-era environmental regulations.
The pollsters interviewed 1,068 voters either by phone or online between June 8-11. The survey’s margin of error is 4.1 percentage points, according to the Associated Press.
Trump’s dwindling approval numbers and perceived disrespect for the country’s institutions shows mounting challenges for the erratic president as he seeks to escape the Russiagate scandal that has engulfed his administration from day one in office.