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Gallup poll shows Trump's job approval rating steady at 42 pct

(Xinhua)    09:45, September 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's job approval rating remained at 42 percent in the latest Gallup poll released Wednesday, unchanged from the late August reading and similar to the result in July.

The latest poll, conducted between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13, found 56 percent of Americans disapproving of the job Trump has been doing, consistent with his disapproval scores since June.

Views of Trump were sharply divided along party lines, with approval among Republicans ticking up by 2 percentage points from August to 92 percent, while 36 percent of independents approving of his what he did as president. Barely any Democrat - 4 percent - supported the president.

Incumbent presidents seeking reelection have usually enjoyed over 50 percent of job approval rating at this point heading into the presidential race, and Trump now trails Barrack Obama's 49 percent in 2012, George W Bush's 52 percent in 2004 and Bill Clinton's 60 percent in 1996.

Trump was ahead of the 39 percent approval for George H.W. Bush in 1992 and 37 percent for Jimmy Carter in 1980, the last two presidents having served only one term, respectively.

The Gallup poll came as Trump was still lagging behind his Democratic rival Joe Biden by mid to high single digits nationally and by narrower margins in swing states, polling data of RealClearPolitics showed.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,019 adults and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

As both Trump and Biden were busy on campaign trails in recent weeks, Vice President Mike Pence said Florida, Arizona and Minnesota are the focus of the Trump-Pence ticket in order to win the 270 electoral votes needed for their second term.

"Florida's of great importance. Arizona's of great importance. We're going to make sure we continue to campaign in those states," Pence said in an exclusive interview with The Hill, the outlet reported Wednesday. "We're actually looking at expanding the map now. I've been campaigning in Minnesota. So has the president," he added.

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