WASHINGTON – More than half of likely U.S. voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll released Friday.
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking poll found that 51 percent of the respondents said they do not think Trump is doing a good job, compared with 47 percent who said they do think he is doing a good job.
Meanwhile, 43 percent said they strongly disapprove of Trump’s job performance and 34 percent said they strongly approve.
The Rasmussen sampling included 1,500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
Friday’s poll results are fairly consistent with Rasmussen projections for the month thus far, which show Trump’s approval rating at 44-48 percent.
The survey comes at the end of a contentious week for the president.
On Tuesday, a book was released by veteran journalist Bob Woodward that claims White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis made disparaging remarks about the president.
Kelly is quoted as calling Trump “an idiot” and saying: “It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown.”
Mattis is said to have expressed concerns about Trump’s understanding of military and geopolitical affairs, and is quoted as saying the president’s comprehension of such matters is similar to that of “a fifth- or sixth-grader.”
Both Kelly and Mattis denied having made the comments.
On Thursday, Trump tweeted that the death toll from Hurricane Maria was much lower than the Puerto Rican government’s estimate of 2,975.
Democrats blasted the remark. Many Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), broke with the president and said there is no reason to question the estimate.
Last September, the Category 5 storm devastated the small Caribbean island.
Puerto Rico’s electrical grid was destroyed as was much of the basic infrastructure. It took 11 months to fully restore power. Thousands of people lost their homes.
The Trump administration has been criticized for its handling of the relief effort.
The dispute came on the eve of Hurricane Florence, which slammed the coast of North Carolina Friday morning.