President Trump insists his base of support is growing despite polls that suggest otherwise. But several new surveys show something else is eroding on Trump just six months into his presidency: trust.
According to a CNN poll released Tuesday, nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) say they can’t trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House, while less than a quarter (24 percent) say they can. Among Republicans, 50 percent say they can trust most of what the White House says, while 47 percent say they cannot.
When asked whether they are proud to have Trump as their president, 34 percent of Americans said they were, the survey found; 64 percent said they were not.
Overall, 38 percent say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, according the CNN poll, while 56 percent disapprove. Recent polls by Quinnipiac University and Gallup show Trump with a similar overall disapproval rating.
CNN noted that just one other newly elected president held an approval rating below 50 percent at this point in his presidency: Bill Clinton, who had a 44 percent approval rating six months into his first term in 1993. Barack Obama, by contrast, had a 56 percent approval rating at this point in his presidency.
Six-Month Approval Ratings:
W. Bush 55%
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 8, 2017
On Monday morning, Trump claimed his base is “far bigger” and “stronger than ever before,” offering recent campaign rallies in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio and West Virginia as proof. But an Investor’s Business Daily poll released Monday afternoon showed Trump’s approval rating has dropped to a record low 32 percent — down 5 percent in the last month — as support from his base has begun to slip.
“Trump lost significant support across the board, but saw big declines among areas of core support, including Republicans, Midwesterners, middle-income families, white men and the high-school educated,” IBD’s pollsters said.
Meanwhile, a new CBS News poll released Tuesday shows Trump’s approval rating stands at 36 percent. That figure is unchanged from June, despite favorable views of the U.S. economy.
“The president does get better marks on his handling of the economy than for other issues,” CBS noted, “but his overall approval remains where it…