Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown

President Donald Trump is getting blamed for the government shutdown, a new poll shows.

The president’s popularity has dropped below 40 percent amid what is now a six-day partial government shutdown over funding for Trump’s southern border wall, according to a poll from Morning Consult conducted from December 21 to 23. The last time Trump’s approval rating was this low was when he refused to condemn neo-Nazis after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Only 39 percent of registered voters approve of the president’s job performance during this shutdown, while 56 percent disapprove. However, Trump’s approval rating is split on party lines. Among Republicans, 80 percent approve of Trump; 90 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents disapprove of his performance, according to the survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters. Another poll from HuffPost and YouGov found only 36 percent of Americans approved of Trump’s handling of the government shutdown.

Americans disapprove of how Congress has handled the spending fight overall; however, Republicans are seeing more fallout. Only 26 percent of Americans approve of congressional Republicans’ handling of the shutdown, compared to Democrats’ 36 percent approval rating.

Trump and Congress remain at an impasse over government funding. Roughly 25 percent of the federal government shut down Friday night, including agencies like the Department of Justice, Interior, and, most contentiously, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls construction on the southern border.

Trump, who said previously he was “proud” of shutting down the government over border wall funding, has since repeated his blaming of Democrats for rejecting his calls for $5 billion in border wall funding.

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