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Poll: Majority Say President Isn't Stable

Trump's approval rating falls 8% among Republicans in Politico/Morning Consult survey 8/23/2017 3:04 PM Eastern
In a survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters last week, 56% said President Donald Trump is unable to unite the country.

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped once again, according to a new poll from Politico/Morning Consult, and a majority of respondents have questions about his stability.

Only 39% of those polled approved of the job the President is doing, compared with 56% who disapproved. That was down from 44% and 52%, respectively, from the week before. More than half — 55% — said Trump isn't stable.

The poll was released Wednesday morning and conducted after the President's various statements on the violence in Charlottesville, which drew heavy criticism from the media, Democrats and members of the President's own party.

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But it came before the President defended his comments at a Phoenix campaign rally Tuesday night during which he blamed the media for misreporting words that were "perfect," then attacked them anew — CNN, the New York TimesABC, the Washington Post — to a cheering crowd. That speech prompted Republican strategist Rick Wilson, a Trump critic, to opine on CNN that the speech was “an astounding chain of lies tied together by lunatic asides by a man who obviously is mentally unstable.”

Most of the week-over-week decline came from Republicans, among whom the president's approval rating dropped 8 points to 73% from 81% the week earlier.

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A majority of respondents (though in three cases, given the margin of error, it could be roughly half or slightly below) had numerouos criticisms of Trump's character: 51% said he is not a strong leader, 53% said he isn't moral, 55% said he isn't stable, 58% said he is reckless, 52% said he isn’t honest; 52% said he doesn’t care about 'people like them' and 56% said he can’t unite the country.

The poll was conducted Aug. 17-19 among 1,987 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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