Poll: Trump begins presidency with 36 percent approval rating

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President Trump is beginning his term with a 36 percent approval rating over his first five days in office, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The Quinnipiac poll shows that 44 percent of American voters disapprove of Trump’s presidency so far, with another 19 percent who are undecided.

The president’s ratings split sharply along party lines.

The poll found 81 percent of Republicans approve of President Trump so far, while only 4 percent of Democrats approve. Trump has a 35 percent approval rating among independent voters.

{mosads}By comparison, the first Quinnipiac poll after President Obama was first inaugurated showed him at a 59 percent approval rating.

The poll found 53 percent of Americans are optimistic about the next four years under Trump, and 44 percent said he would help rather than hurt the economy.

Quinnipiac University conducted the poll during Trump’s first five days as president, from Jan. 20 to 25, surveying 1,190 voters nationwide. The poll has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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