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Poll: Trump approval remains low in New York

Poll: Trump approval remains low in New York

Views on Russia meddling appear divided along party lines
Poll: Trump approval remains low in New York
President Donald Trump during a Made in America roundtable event at White House in Washington on July 19, 2017.
Photographer: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

LOUDONVILLE — The majority of New Yorkers continue to think poorly of President Donald Trump's performance, though his approval rating has actually risen a little since May, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll released Thursday.

Trump was viewed favorably by 34 percent of New York residents in the latest survey, while 62 percent held a negative opinion of him and his performance. That's an improvement from the ratio of 30 percent to 65 percent seen in May.

The latest findings are generally consistent with what national polls have found in recent days — historic lows for a president only six months into his first term in office. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week, for example, showed Trump was seen favorably by 39 percent of voters nationally, and negatively by 56 percent.

"Although President Trump remains largely unpopular with his fellow New Yorkers, both his favorability and job performance ratings ticked up since May," Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said. "While Democrats and Republicans appear to be locked in — 83 percent of Democrats view Trump unfavorably and 71 percent of Republicans view him favorably — independent voters are more fluid in their views of the president. While 57 percent of independents currently have an unfavorable view of Trump, that's down from 71 percent in May."

New Yorkers generally disapproved of Trump's performance at the G-20 international economic summit, as well as his dealings with European leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president's performance at the recent summit saw voters split by 31 percent to 63 percent, with a 31-65 approval/disapproval rating on his dealings with European allies and a 29-61 rating on his first meeting with Putin, whose alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election — to swing it toward Trump, according to intelligence agencies — are at the center of several government investigations.

Asked separately about their opinions of the Russia investigation, 64 percent of voters were concerned that Russia tried to influence the election, and 35 percent weren't. Some 56 percent of voters want a more thorough investigation, and 41 percent said the matter has been investigated enough.

But the poll found party affiliation makes a big difference in how people feel about possible Russian meddling.

"Three-quarters of Democrats say both that they are concerned and want a thorough investigation," Greenberg said. "Among Republicans, nearly two-thirds are not concerned, and nearly three-quarters say enough investigations, let's move on."

Among independents, a 51-46 majority said a thorough investigation is needed, but that's down sharply from a 69-27 margin in May.

New Yorkers also prefer to keep the Obamacare national health care framework and improve it, rather than repeal and replace it, as Trump and Congressional Republicans want to do. Some 65 percent would keep Obamacare, while 32 percent wouldn't. Only 12 percent of New Yorkers want the Senate to pass a health care bill similar to what the House of Representatives adopted in May.

"Health care continues to divide voters — largely along partisan lines," Greenberg said. "Sixty percent of independents and 83 percent of independents want to keep and improve Obamacare, while 68 percent of Republicans want it repealed and replaced."

The poll was conducted July 9-13 by conducting calls in English with 793 registered voters around the state.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, swilliams@dailygazette.net or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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