Less than a third of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the Puerto Rico crisis

Puerto Ricans line up for gas in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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Americans widely disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll has found. Only 32 percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the hurricane aftermath, while 49 percent disapprove. Comparatively, Americans think the administration has responded far better to hurricanes that hit the mainland, with only 27 percent disapproving of how Trump handled recovery in Texas and Florida.

"He didn't do a tremendous job in the states, but it's not quite as disturbing and horrific as his response in Puerto Rico," said Tara Blesh-Boren, an independent voter in Nebraska. "He is so busy getting his ego involved in these ridiculous back-and-forth arguments about things that don't matter to anyone but him that he is really not managing our country."

"It took [Trump] how long to get to Puerto Rico?" asked Bree Harris, a Democrat from Los Angeles, adding that she didn't think Trump "even [knew] that Puerto Rico was an island that was part of America."

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The poll, which reached 1,150 adults nationwide, was conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2, prior to Trump's visit to the territory Tuesday. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 points. Read the full results at ABC News, and more about Trump's Puerto Rico disaster at The Week.

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