Percentage who say US is on the right track hits record low under Trump: poll

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Nearly 70 percent of voters say the U.S. has “pretty seriously” gone off the right track under President Trump, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.

Of those surveyed in the May 29-June 1 poll, 31 percent said they thought the U.S. was on the right track, making it the lowest mark recorded in Politico/Morning Consult weekly polling since Trump took office in early 2017.

The 31 percent figure is a dip from last week’s poll, which found 34 percent of people thought the country was on the right track.

The last time their polling found this many voters thought the U.S. was on the wrong track was in November 2016, shortly after Trump was elected.  

This week’s poll comes amid massive nationwide demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd.The protests also come amid economic unrest Americans were already facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, which disproportionately impacts minorities and low-income people. 

“The pandemic has impacted more people’s lives directly than some of the other major events in the Trump era,” said J. Miles Coleman, an associate at the University of Virginia Center for Politics said in a statement. “Combine that with the very concrete images of rioting and looting that have been blanketing the news, and I can see why the electorate would feel especially anxious.” 

A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday also showed a lower percentage of voters believe the U.S. is doing well. That poll found only 21 percent of voters believed the U.S. was on the right track, which is a record low since 2013. 

Trump’s job approval ratings have remained relatively untouched. The Politico/Morning Consult poll found 41 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, and 55 percent disapprove, which is unchanged from the previous week though lower than earlier this year.

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,981 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

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