Half of voters believe Trump is unable to serve as President: poll

Half of voters believe Trump is unable to serve as President: poll

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WASHINGTON—Fifty percent of voters believe that President Donald Trump is not able to continue serving as president, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Friday.

When asked if the statement “he is able to serve as Commander-in-Chief” applied to Donald Trump, 50 percent said “no,” while 40 percent said “yes.” Ten percent replied that they “don’t know” or have no opinion.

The poll was conducted during a tumultuous week for Trump that included bombshell reports that he had shared highly classified information with Russian officials and that a memo from ousted FBI Director James Comey details Trump asking Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House has denied wrongdoing in both instances.

Trump’s bad week has also taken a toll on his approval rating, bringing it to 41 percent, a new low charted by Morning Consult and POLITICO.

Fifty three percent said that they disapproved of Trump’s performance as president, up three percent from the previous week.

The poll was conducted among 1,970 registered voters between May 16-18. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The Washington Post reported Trump sharing information on May 15 and the New York Times reported details of the Comey memo, which was reportedly read to them over the phone by a senior FBI official, on May 16.

The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced May 17 that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel tasked with overseeing an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Trump denied any collusion in a press conference Thursday, but said that he respected the decision to appoint a special counsel.

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