Republicans’ satisfaction plummets: poll

Greg Nash

Republicans’ satisfaction with the direction of the United States took its largest dive since President Trump took office between May and June, according to a Gallup poll out Thursday.

That satisfaction rate fell from 58 percent in May to 41 percent in June, according to the survey — a 17 point drop. Satisfaction among Democrats and independents has fallen as well, but only by 1 percent and 3 percent, respectively. 

Still, the drastic dive among Republicans signals waning support for Trump within his party, and brings the overall satisfaction rating among Americans down to just 24 percent, its lowest point since July 2016, after a series of police-involved killings of black men and subsequent mass shootings of law enforcement officers.

{mosads}The new drop in satisfaction with the direction of the country came amid a slew of controversies that have grown around the Trump administration over the past month, including the president’s abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, who was charged with leading the bureau’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

Trump continued to face scandal after it was revealed that he may have divulged highly classified intelligence to visiting Russian officials and also told them that he had fired Comey to relieve himself of “great pressure” related to the Russia investigation.

Following news reports that Trump had asked Comey in February to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to lead the Russia probe. Trump has since hired a personal attorney to help him navigate the potential legal threats of the investigation.

But Trump isn’t alone in the low satisfaction numbers, according to Gallup. The previous six presidents have all faced dwindling satisfaction with the direction of the country during their tenures in office.

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