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Lowest ratings, lack of trust sum up Trump’s first 200 days

According to a new CNN poll 38%

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - In 200 days in office, Donald Trump has not only suffered low job approval ratings, but has also lost a large base of Americans who trusted the White House. 

According to a new CNN poll, conducted by SSRS, only 38 percent Americans said they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, while 56 percent have said they disapprove.

Further, three quarters of Americans have said they can't trust most of what they hear from the White House.

Apart from Trump, the only other newly-elected president who has held an approval rating below 50 percent at this point in his presidency is Bill Clinton, whose approval rating stood at 44 percent at this point in 1993.

Further, nearly half of the participants in the new poll said they strongly disapprove of Trump's handling of the job and just a quarter said they feel strongly positive about Trump's performance.

Trump’s numbers have sunk even among his core supporters. 

The poll showed that among Republicans, Trump’s strong approval has dropped from 73 percent in February to 59 percent in August. 

Further, among whites who do not have college degrees, a core component of Trump's base, just 35 percent strongly approve of him, a statistic that is down 12 points since February. 

In contrast, Trump’s strong disapproval among Democrats has held steady around 80 percent.

The poll also showed that the perceptions of the President as someone who will bring change are fading - with just 43 percent saying Trump can "bring the kind of change the country needs.”

This was down from 48 percent in April.

In addition, the share who say he "can manage the government effectively" now stands at 39 percent, down from 44 percent in April.

The poll also found widespread doubts about the veracity of information coming from the White House. 

Only a quarter of Americans or 24 percent said they trust all or most of what they hear in official communications from the White House.

About 30 percent said they trust "nothing at all" that they hear from the President's office. 

Numbers among Republicans who said they can trust what they hear from the White House too has shockingly dropped.

Meanwhile, among Republicans and independents who lean Republican, the share saying Trump can manage the government effectively has dipped 10 points since April's CNN/ORC poll. 

The poll revealed that among whites without a college degree, just 50 percent see Trump as an effective manager. 

About 58 percent of the non-college whites are also less likely to see Trump as a change agent, down from 64 percent in April.

Trump scored 48 percent approval, 47 percent disapproval rating on national security, 45 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval on his handling of the economy and the majorities disapproved of Trump’s work in other areas.

About 62 percent disapproved Trump’s healthcare policy, 61 percent disapproved his foreign affairs policy, 55 percent disapproved his immigration policies and 54 percent disapproved Trump’s work on helping of the middle class. 

Nearly half disapproved of his handling of taxes.

Overall only 36 percent people said they considered Trump’s time in office a success, while 59 percent consider it a failure. 

In comparison, both Barack Obama (51 percent) and George W. Bush (56 percent) were viewed as successful at this stage of their presidency by most Americans.

The Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone on August 3 through 6 among a random national sample of 1,018 adults. 

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