WASHINGTON – Fewer than half of registered U.S. voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll released Monday.
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking poll found that 48 percent of the respondents said they think Trump is doing a good job, compared with 52 percent who said they do not think he is doing a good job.
Meanwhile, 32 percent said they strongly approve of Trump’s job performance and 43 percent said they strongly disapprove.
The Rasmussen sampling included 1,500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
Monday’s poll results are fairly consistent with Rasmussen projections for the month thus far, which show Trump’s approval rating at 46-50 percent.
The survey comes the day a provocative tweet storm in which Trump said Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials is more vicious than the anti-communist witch hunts led by the late-Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) during the early 1950’s.
McCarthy held hearings in which State Department employees and others were accused of being either communists or communist sympathizers. In many cases little or no evidence was presented to substantiate the allegations.
McCarthy was largely discredited following a 1954 hearing in which Army attorney Joseph Welch said in response to an allegation that a colleague harbored communist sympathies: “Have you no decency sir.!”
McCarthy was investigating claims of communist infiltration of the army. Trump’s former attorney Roy Cohn (deceased), served as McCarthy’s legal counsel and right-hand man.
The tweet storm followed the publication of a New York Times report that said Trump’s attorneys are not privy to what information White House Counsel Don McGahn shared with Mueller during a recent three-hour interview.
Trump said the Times piece implied that McGahn may be acting in the same capacity John W. Dean did in 1973.
Dean served as White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon. Dean testified before the Senate Watergate Committee about White House involvement in the coverup of the Watergate break-in. Nixon resigned in August 1974.