Trump drops to new low in Rasmussen poll

President Trump's approval rating has dropped to a new low, according to a conservative-leaning pollster that has consistently given Trump better marks than other polls.

Trump's approval fell to 39 percent Monday, according to Rasmussen Reports — the first time his approval has dipped below 40 percent in the conservative poll. The poll showed him with a disapproval rating of 61 percent.

The conservative poll has generally shown approval ratings higher than those of other surveys, but the new poll places it in line with the findings of other surveys like Gallup, which has Trump's approval at 38 percent.


Fran Coombs, the managing editor of Rasmussen Reports, said Trump’s approval rating has been trending downwards over the past couple of weeks before the president’s numbers reached a new low Monday.

Coombs said Trump’s new low number, which he called "unsurprising," is likely a combination of the "unsettled nature" of Trump's staff and the Senate GOP’s inability to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill. Trump has turned fire on fellow Republicans since the late Thursday vote.

“Trump supporters and Republicans in particular absolutely loathe ObamaCare,” Coombs said, adding that they find it "disappointing" to see no action taking place on dismantling the healthcare law.

He said that even though Trump is pushing the Senate to pass a repeal bill, voters aren't seeing action on the legislation. He added that Trump’s numbers would likely bounce back if Republicans were able to pull together a deal.

The Senate has two weeks left in session, and Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDrug prices are declining amid inflation fears The national action imperative to achieve 30 by 30 Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted MORE (R-Utah) said Monday that the Senate is too divided to move forward on legislation at the moment.

Coombs said while the recent shake-ups in the administration likely played a role in the  drop, most Trump supporters don’t care about the internal conflict in the administration and that the failure to repeal ObamaCare overshadows any staff changes.


“It’s probably much more upsetting for them than whether Kelly or Priebus is chief of staff, or if Scaramucci is in or out,” Coombs said about Republican voters' anger on ObamaCare.

Trump on Monday insisted there is no White House chaos, days after Reince Priebus was forced out as chief of staff. Priebus had reportedly been feuding with now former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who tore into Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon in an interview last week.

Scaramucci himself was ousted from the White House Monday, 10 days after he was named to the job.

Trump has touted Rasmussen approval ratings in the past, tweeting out images of himself with the tracking poll’s numbers.

Rasmussen surveys 1,500 likely voters on the phone over three nights in its rolling tracking poll. It has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.