U.S. President Donald Trump’s job approval rating dropped to a new low of 32 percent in a poll released Wednesday, a mark similar to President Richard Nixon’s a year before the Watergate scandal forced his resignation.
Trump’s disapproval rating of 56 percent in the Monmouth University poll is his highest since becoming president. In August, he had 41 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval ratings.
“This result is not good for the president,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Republicans have to be worried about being dragged down by the weight of Trump’s negatives in 2018 if this trend continues.”
The poll was released a day after Alabama Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore was upset by Democrat Doug Jones in a state that Trump carried with 62 percent of the vote in 2016. Trump strongly supported Moore in the race.
Legislation agreed to by House and Senate Republicans would gut the federal deduction for state and local taxes.
Nixon’s approval rating in the Gallup poll dipped to 31 percent in August 1973. President Jimmy Carter reached 31 percent in October 1979, before the Iranian hostage crisis. Nixon resigned a year later while Carter lost his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan in November 1980.
More than two-thirds of women, 68 percent, disapproved of Trump’s job performance, while 24 percent approved. Among men, 40 percent approved and 44 percent disapproved.
Trump fared little better in two other polls released this week.
A Quinnipiac University survey gave him an approval rating of 37 percent, 20 points below the 57 percent who disapproved of his performance in office. And a Marist College poll had Trump with 37 percent positive and 56 percent negative ratings.
The Monmouth poll of 806 adults was taken Dec. 8-10 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. The Quinnipiac poll of 1,211 voters was taken Dec. 6-11 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. The Marist survey of 1,267 adults was conducted Dec. 4-7 and had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.