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"Approaching six months in office, Trump's overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent".

Just 36 percent of USA adults in the ABC News/Washington Post poll approved of Trump's performance during his first six months in office.

Almost half of respondents - 48 per cent - said they "disapprove strongly" of the president's performance in office, a low level never reached by ex-presidents Bill Clinton or Barack Obama, both Democrats, and reached only once by George W Bush, during his second term.

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Donald Trump

Also contributing to Trump's low approval ratings: 52 percent said they believed Trump, who fired FBI Director James Comey and declared the investigation a "witch hunt", was interfering with the probe, while 37 percent said he was cooperating. But among Republicans, one-third think Russian Federation tried to influence the election outcome, and fewer than 1 in 10 think Mr. Trump's associates sought to help them.

In terms of negotiating on the United States' behalf, 66% are less trusting of Trump working with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Of the 439 counties polled, 50% approve of Trump's job performance so far.

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Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Thursday, the president said 39-year-old Donald Jr was "a good boy" and added: "And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting".

In addition, 38 percent of those surveyed said Trump has not made significant progress toward his goals, with 55 percent thinking otherwise. Most Americans - 63% - said it was inappropriate for Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort to attend the meeting, according to the poll.

A bio on the website of Cobb's former firm, Hogan Lovells, says that "Clients managing crises, allegations of corruption, and other critical matters turn to Ty to guide them". Meanwhile, fewer than 4 in 10 say the Democratic Party now stands for something, while a slight majority say it "just stands against Trump".

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Both the former Soviet serviceman, a naturalized American who lobbies for Russian interests in Washington, and the Russian lawyer, also a lobbyist, have denied links to the Russian government, while Kremlin said it does not know the meeting nor the two lobbyists. However, 48 percent "disapprove strongly" of his performance overall, a level never reached by his two Democratic predecessors.

It could also be a random poll they send out every once in a while, but the timing - combined with the fact that the RNC asked nothing else - points to it being a specific response.

The NBC/WSJ poll surveyed 600 adults from July 8-12 in those 439 counties and has a margin of error of plus-minus 4.0 percentage points.

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