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August 23, 2017

President Trump's response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalist rally certainly didn't do his already dismal approval rating any favors. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, and taken entirely after the violence in Charlottesville, showed Trump's approval rating at a new low of 39 percent. The week before Trump blamed "both sides" for the rally's violence and hesitated to directly condemn white supremacists, his approval rating sat 5 points higher, at 44 percent.

Notably, Trump's rating decline can be mostly attributed to self-identified Republican voters' waning approval: Trump's approval rating among Republicans dropped from 81 percent last week to 73 percent. His approval rating among Democrats and independents dipped just 1 point, though 71 percent of Democrats deemed the president's response to be "inappropriate."

On the whole, only 16 percent said that Trump's response was "unifying." On Tuesday night, Trump doubled down on his response, claiming the media had downplayed anti-fascist protesters' actions.

The poll surveyed 1,987 voters from Aug. 17-19. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points. Becca Stanek

June 28, 2017

Only 12 percent of Americans support the Republican health-care proposal, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll has found. It is the second damning poll of the day for the GOP, with a separate NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll reaching a similar conclusion, that just 17 percent of Americans backed the ObamaCare replacement known as the "Better Care Reconciliation Act."

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll also found that the majority of Americans, 53 percent, think Congress should leave ObamaCare in place, or make less significant changes to it. While most Republicans do want a full repeal of ObamaCare, a third of conservative voters don't want just anything rushed into its place. Only 26 percent of Republicans support the Senate's proposed bill, and 17 percent oppose it. Most — 52 percent — said they need to know more about it.

Republicans have pushed off a vote on the bill until after the July 4th recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his lieutenants are trying to find changes that will bring at least 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans in line, and are considering channeling funds to health savings accounts to win over conservative holdouts, or to Medicaid and opioid treatment to win over more moderate Republicans.

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll reached 1,000 voters between June 24-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Read more about the results here. Jeva Lange

May 17, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 310 points, reflecting market turbulence stemming from the Trump administration's latest scandals:

"If [President Trump is] preoccupied defending himself and if it goes a lot further, then any hope of his legislative agenda coming to the fore is going to be reduced," explained the head of Investec Asset Management Ltd., John Stopford, to Bloomberg TV.

The CEO of Marketfield Asset Management, Michael Shaoul, described the drop to CNBC as "a lot like 1998-99, when the market had to deal with the [Monica] Lewinsky scandal."

"This is clearly Washington-driven," Shaoul said. Jeva Lange

March 29, 2017

President Trump's abysmally low approval rating just got even lower. Gallup's latest poll released Wednesday found that now just 35 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing — a historic low for a president at this stage of his term. Fifty-nine percent disapprove of Trump's performance.

This marks the second time this week that Trump's approval rating has dipped to a new low for him. After Republicans' health-care fiasco Friday, Trump's approval rating plummeted to 36 percent Monday, Gallup found — but apparently the downhill slide wasn't over yet.

Political Capital offered some context for just how bad Trump's 35 percent approval rating actually is. Apparently former President Richard Nixon held a higher approval rating during the Watergate hearings than Trump does right now:

The daily tracking poll surveyed approximately 1,500 adults by phone, and the results are based on a three-day rolling average. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Becca Stanek

June 15, 2016

Seven in every 10 Americans holds a negative opinion of Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Wednesday, marking the highest unfavorability rating for the presumptive Republican nominee in the entire 2016 campaign.

Clinton is also not happily looked upon by Americans, holding a negative favorability rating of 55 percent — but despite Clinton being her least liked in two decades, she is still vastly preferred to Trump, whom 56 percent of respondents said they "strongly" disliked. In fact, Trump's negative ratings have skyrocketed up 10 percentage points since last month.

Trump in particular lost favor with independents and white Americans without college degrees. And despite his appeals to Hispanics, 89 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of him in the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The majority of the poll's interviews took place before the Orlando nightclub shooting, between June 8-12 among a random sample of 1,000 adults on cell and landline phones. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 points. Jeva Lange

January 18, 2016

Drivers in Michigan were surprised on Sunday when gas prices didn't go up, but rather hit a new low — 47 cents a gallon.

The cost was the result of a price war between three gas stations in Houghton Lake, Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at, told ABC News. He added this was likely the first time gas went under $1 a gallon in the United States in more than a decade. "This is something we don't see often at all or ever," he said. "That's unheard of."

It's believed that the next lowest price in the nation is $1.29 a gallon at a station in Virginia, DeHaan said. says gas prices in the United States are averaging $1.889 today, down from last year's average of $2.061. DeHaan said cheaper prices at the pump are due to low oil prices, as well as high supply and low demand for oil. Catherine Garcia

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