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 52 percent of the respondents said they do not think Trump is doing a good job, compared with 48 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 32 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 over the past month, which show Trump’s approval rating at 44-50 percent.
The survey comes amid contention over a anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a administration official that relayed efforts by White House officials to rein in Trump.
In the article, the official described “quiet resistance” to the president and an informal effort to “frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”
Among the claims in the article is that administration officials considered invoking the 25th Amendment. Under that amendment, the president can be discharged of his duties if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet decide he is unable to effectively serve.
The office of Vice President Mike Pence has refuted claims that Pence may have written the op-ed.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted the unnamed official on Wednesday and requested that he or she resign.
Trump has demanded that the NYT reveal the identity of the official, for “National Security purposes.”