Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions

Posted June 18, 2017

The survey determined that many Americans think that President Trump "has little to no respect for the country's democratic traditions".

Rather than focus on the AP poll, however, Trump shared a recent Rasmussen poll, which put his approval rating at 50 percent-far higher than the AP poll's finding or the average of most recent polls.

Overall, 64 percent disapprove and just 35 percent approve of his job performance.

The poll conducted by the Associated Press was done before the shooting incident at a baseball field on Wednesday, June 14, which left a congressman injured.

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said of the shooting.

And even though his presidency has had a rocky start, respondents still rated Trump higher than Congress when they were asked which of the the three branches of government they trusted the most.

Nine in 10 Democrats and 6 in 10 independents say the same.

Harry Enten, from the data-driven website FiveThirtyEight, referenced "The Simpsons" when touching on the hypothetical reaction from the Trump aide who delivered the poll to the president.

Two in five Texas voters believe Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election; those who did were predominantly Democrats and, unsurprisingly, believe that the Russian influence was beneficial to Donald Trump.

Health care remains Trump's worst issue in the poll, with 66 percent disapproving of his handling of the issue. For example, as long as Trump maintains 80 percent job approval among Texas Republicans, it is inconceivable that Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation will entertain any idea of impeachment proceedings. Still, the Supreme Court, which many conservatives cited as their reason for supporting Trump during the presidential campaign, was the top vote-getter with 38 percent.

It's a Washington thing; Texas lawmakers fared much better on the report cards from voters, with 34 percent saying the approve and 42 percent saying they disapprove of the work the Legislature is doing.

Among Republicans, 28 percent disapprove of Trump's handling of foreign policy and climate change and 22 percent disapprove of his handling of immigration, but less than 2 in 10 disapprove of how he's handling the economy or terrorism.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,068 adults was conducted June 8-11 using a sample drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is created to be representative of the US population.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted from June 2 to June 11 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points.