Poll: Trump, Ryan approval ratings hit new lows

Greg Nash

President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) approval ratings have hit fresh lows, according to a new poll.

Forty percent approve of Trump in the new survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Thursday, the president’s worst showing since his Jan. 20 inauguration. Fifty-three percent disapprove of Trump’s performance, while 7 percent remain unsure.

{mosads}Twenty-one percent approve of Ryan’s Speakership so far, contrasted by 61 percent who disapprove and 17 percent who are uncertain.

Thursday’s results discovered Trump’s approval rating has fallen 3 points since PPP’s survey a little more than two weeks ago, when 43 percent approved of the president.

Ryan’s approval rating has fallen 13 points during the same period, with 34 percent approving of him in PPP’s March 15 survey.

PPP’s latest poll follows last week’s stunning defeat for Republican leaders advancing legislation for repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

GOP leadership abandoned the American Health Care Act (AHCA) when it became clear they lacked the House votes for passing it.

Ryan was instrumental in promoting the controversial measure but could not convince enough conservative and moderate Republicans to support it.

Forty-two percent blame Ryan for the AHCA’s collapse, according to PPP’s latest poll, while 33 percent view Trump as responsible and 25 percent are unsure.

Trump predicted Monday that Democrats will ultimately collaborate with Republicans on healthcare as, in Trump’s telling, ObamaCare starts to fail.

“The Democrats will make a deal with me as soon as ObamaCare folds – not long,” he tweeted. “Do not worry, we are in very good shape!”

Ryan broke with Trump Thursday, adding that GOP infighting may force the president into pairing with Democrats before their own party.

“I don’t want that to happen,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “[If] the Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we’ll push the president into working with Democrats.”

PPP conducted its latest survey of 677 registered voters via cell and landline phone interviews from March 27 to 28. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

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