US President Donald Trump is approaching his 100th day in office with the lowest level of support, while both the Democratic and Republican parties were “out of touch” with the concerns of most Americans, according to latest polls.
Forty-two per cent of people in an ABC/Washington Post poll issued on Sunday said they approved of Trump’s performance so far, while 53 per cent said they disapproved, reports CNN.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also issued on Sunday had 40 per cent of respondents saying they approved of Trump and 54 per cent saying they disapproved.
The ABC/Washington Post poll found 67 per cent of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, as did 62 per cent for the Republican Party. Less than a third said either party was “in touch”.
Trump faired slightly better than the parties, with 58 per cent saying he was out of touch.
Despite Trump’s low approval numbers, the poll showed him retaining support among his base, with 96 per cent of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again.
The poll showed only 85 per cent of those who voted for former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton would do so again, with most of those who would not saying they would either go with a third-party candidate or not vote at all, CNN reported.
Thirty-four per cent of the ABC/Washington Post poll respondents said they disapproved of Trump including his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner in his administration.
And a majority, 54 per cent, said they did not have a problem with Trump working out of Mar-a-lago, his private club in Florida.
Meanwhile, Trump slammed the polls in a series of tweets on Sunday night calling the media outlets who published them as “fake”.
“New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is fake and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary (Clinton) in popular vote,” Trump tweeted.
He followed it up moments later with a second tweet, saying: “ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me and 53 per cent said strong leader.”
The ABC/Washington Post poll surveyed 1,004 adults over April 17-20. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll surveyed 900 adults over the same period.
The 100-days measure has been a focus of the media since former President Franklin.D. Roosevelt, who signed 15 major pieces of legislation early in his presidency, reports CNN.
Trump tweeted last week that the 100 days point was “ridiculous”.
But during his campaign he referenced the point himself and promised to fight for a sweeping package of legislation as part of his 100-day plan in his “Contract with the American Voter”.