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Trump’s job approval rating drops to 36%

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has reached 50 percent, according to a new poll.The Democrats’ approval rating was slightly higher at 44%, but, like the Republicans, had a decrease of seven percentage points since January. Seventy-two percent of GOP respondents approved of the president’s job performance-which sounds like a lot but actually represents an 11-percentage-point fall compared with April.Of the issues on which Americans evaluated President Trump for this poll, they give the president his most negative marks on his handling of the Russian Federation matter – just 28 percent approve, while 63 percent disapprove.Half of Americans say that criticism of Mr. Trump doesn’t change their opinion of him at all, but 71 percent say Mr. Trump has received more criticism than past presidents.A large majority – 71 percent of people – believe that Trump is criticized more than other recent presidents, but 50 percent say that criticism doesn’t affect their view of him. Most Americans who approve of President Trump say the Russian Federation investigation is not serious and they feel the President is being criticized more than his predecessors. 57 percent are more inclined to believe former FBI Director James Comey.The weighted average from data-focused website FiveThirtyEight had Trump’s approval rating at 38.7 percent Tuesday morning, while his disapproval stood at 55.3 percent.Going even further back, Obama’s rating on June 16, 2009 – the same point in his presidency as Trump is at now – was 56 per cent, meaning he had the Donald beat in that regard as well. In May of 1993, Bill Clinton’s approval rating was 39%.However, 81 percent said Trump should make no attempt to stop the investigation. When looking only at Republicans, 85 percent think he is critiqued more than previous presidents, and 34 percent are more likely to support him as a result.The interviews for the poll were conducted by telephone from June 15-18 among a random sample of 1,117 adults nationwide, according to CBS. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request.