WASHINGTON – More than half of registered U.S. voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll that was released on Wednesday.
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking poll found that 52 percent of the respondents said Trump is not doing a good job, compared with 47 percent who said they are pleased with his performance.
The Rasmussen sampling included 1,500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
Wednesday’s poll results are consistent with Rasmussen projections since the beginning of the month, which show Trump’s approval rating at 47-51 percent.
The survey was released the same morning Trump tweeted that he wished he had picked someone other than Jeff Sessions to serve as attorney general.
Sessions recused himself from the Department of Justice’s Trump-Russia probe in early March 2017 following reports that Trump had twice met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Since that time Trump has tweeted attacks against Sessions and has made statements many believe are designed to undermine the AG and provoke his resignation.
The New York Times reported Tuesday evening that Trump tried to convince Sessions to rescind his recusal.
The recusal put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of overseeing the probe. Rosenstein later appointed Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel in the investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Trump has questioned Mueller’s ability to conduct an impartial investigation and frequently has referred to the probe as a “witch hunt.”