Trump approval hits record-low 32 percent in AP poll

President Trump's approval rating has sunk to a new low in a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.

Thirty-two percent of Americans polled said they approved of Trump's handling of his job nine months into his presidency, while 67 percent of those polled said they disapproved.

The president's approval rating in the poll is down from 42 percent in March and 35 percent in June, AP-NORC said. 

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Trump also did not fare well among Americans who were asked if he understands their needs and problems. 

Sixty-four percent of Americans said the president understands their needs "not very well" or "not very well at all."

Trump's job approval rating in the poll is lower than many released recently. The RealClearPolitics average of such surveys has his rating hovering around 40 percent.

The AP-NORC survey was conducted in late September and early October, at a time when the president was taking heat for his response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. 

The president stirred controversy when he attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter. Cruz had criticized the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria, which left virtually all of Puerto Rico without power. 

The AP-NORC survey was conducted on Sept. 28-Oct. 2 among 1,150 adults. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.