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First exit polls show 55 percent disapprove of Trump

The first exit polls of the 2018 midterm election cycle indicate voters are disappointed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE performance in the White House.

About 44 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 55 percent disapprove, according to exit polls as reported by CNN. About 47 percent of all voters say they “strongly disapprove” of the Trump presidency.

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The preliminary numbers are similar to those of exit polls gauging support former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama gives Twitter shoutouts to early voters facing challenges: 'You're an inspiration to all of us' Obama highlights Biden's tweet from a year ago warning Trump wasn't ready for pandemic Why childcare must be a priority to restart the economy MORE in 2010, the first midterm cycle of his presidency, in which 45 percent of voters approved of the job he was doing and 54 percent disapproved. Republicans gained a massive haul of 63 seats in the House that year, taking the control of the chamber, and won six additional seats in the Senate, cutting down the Democratic majority from 59-41 to 53-47.

Roughly 65 percent of voters surveyed said they were voting with Trump in mind, with 26 percent of all voters saying their vote for the House was cast to support Trump and 39 percent saying their vote was cast to oppose him. 

Some 56 percent of voters said the country is on the wrong track, while 41 percent say the country is heading in the right direction.

The CNN exit poll is an informal survey of people who have thus far cast ballots in Tuesday’s midterm elections. 

In his closing arguments for several Republican candidates in tight races, Trump has framed the midterm elections as a referendum on his presidency. 

“In a sense, I am on the ticket,” he said Monday at a rally in Ohio.

The president has been on a campaign trail blitz in recent days, stopping in three states Monday alone and casting the choices in the races in a nightmarish dichotomy. 

“A vote for Republicans is a vote to continue our extraordinary prosperity,” the president said, while noting that a vote for Democrats would bring “a socialist nightmare for our country.” 

Election prognosticators nearly unanimously believe Republicans will lose their majority in the House, but many in the GOP are hopeful that Trump’s barnstorming of Senate battlegrounds and a favorable electoral map will help them protect or even expand upon their 51-49 majority in Congress’s upper chamber.