President Donald Trump lashed out at the media again Sunday, and dismissed new poll numbers that found historically low approval ratings against him.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Saturday night found just 36% approved of Trump’s performance, down from 42% in April. His disapproval ratings rose five percentage points to 58%, and 48% of those polled “disapprove strongly” of his performance.
Trump’s approval rating after six months in office is the lowest of any president over the past 70 years, with Gerald Ford’s 39% coming closest in February 1975, the report said.
More than half (55%) of those polled thought Trump was not making significant progress toward his goals. On the issue of Russia, 60% thought Russia tried to influence the November election — up 4% from April — and 63% said it was inappropriate for members of Trump’s campaign team, including Donald Trump Jr., to meet with a Russian attorney to discuss potential damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll predicted the national election within 2 points in November, and has an “A+” rating by statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com.
In a series of tweets earlier Sunday, Trump continued his assault on the media, saying “#FakeNews is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!” and defending his son: