For the second time in as many days, President Trump touted the results of a Rasmussen Reports poll that put his approval rating at 50%. Just 28 percent of respondents approved of the way he's handled the probe, according to CBS, while 63 percent disapprove. The margin of error for its findings was plus or minus 4 percentage points. This includes one-third of Republican voters who now think that Trump is prioritizing his own administration over the nation in this regard.
CBS' data was collected June 15-18 in both cell phone and landline telephone conversations with a random sample of 1,117 adults nationwide. Twenty-seven percent thought it was a serious issue but not as serious as other issues.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump notes that Trump's approval rating drop among Republicans has now been shown across multiple polls, although the CBS poll shows by far the steepest drop.
A gender divide remains: as they have from the start of his presidency, men are more likely than women to approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing.
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Most respondents (57 percent) also said they would rather trust Comey, who said Trump pressured him to drop the probe, instead of Trump, who earned only 31 percent support on that question.
"The majority of people just see the other side as people that they disagree with politically, and there's more optimism than pessimism that ultimately can work out their differences", said Anthny Salvantos, CBS elections and surveys director.
The latest daily tracking survey from Rasmussen pegged Trump's approval at 48 percent, down from 50 percent Friday. The site reported Wednesday that 39.9 percent of Americans approved of the president, while 54.6 percent disapproved.