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Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Sinks In New Poll

President Donald Trump’s approval rating took a major hit and dropped for the first time in recent months as public perception of the U.S. economy under his presidency begins to weaken, a new CNN poll shows.

According to the survey, 43 percent of respondents said they approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president. The majority — 54 percent — said they disapprove while 6 percent gave no opinion.

Trump made the economy a key pillar during his 2016 campaign and warned Americans that it would “go down the tubes” if he loses his reelection bid in 2020

The CNN poll released on Wednesday also showed the first significant decline in public perception of the economy during Trump’s time in the White House.

Sixty-five percent of respondents said that current economic conditions are good, a 5-point drop from when the same question was asked in a May.

The drop comes as fear that the United States could enter into a recession next year grows.

A majority of economists expect the world’s largest economy to enter a recession in 2020, also expressing concerns that Trump’s tariffs and higher budget deficits cause additional blows.

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS Aug. 15-18 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of 3.7 percentage points.

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