Trump approval rating down ahead of Mueller report release: poll

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE's approval rating is down to 40 percent ahead of the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

The poll released Wednesday showed the president's approval rating dropping 4 points since Monmouth's survey last came out in March. His disapproval rating sits at 54 percent, up 3 points since March.

Mueller's report will be released on Thursday, according to the Justice Department. A four-page summary already released by Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report Pelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept MORE said Mueller did not find evidence of a conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russia.

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Monmouth's polling director noted the end of the tax season in highlighting the poll's findings, which he said were not particularly good for Trump.

“The president’s job rating doesn’t see huge swings, so we tend to focus on small movements. The current reading comes at the end of tax return season and while official Washington eagerly awaits the Mueller report. Neither subject is particularly good for Trump,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a statement.

The poll's results were based on interviews from April 11 to April 15 with 801 adults in the U.S. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.