- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2019

President Trump’s job approval rating was at 38% in new polling released Tuesday, down 6 points compared to two months ago, as Americans expressed concerns both about the economy in general and about Mr. Trump’s trade war with China.

Fifty-six percent said they disapprove of how Mr. Trump is handling his job in the ABC News-Washington Post survey.

In a survey released in July, Mr. Trump had hit a career-high 44% approval rating, with 53% disapproving.

In the new poll, 46% said they approve of Mr. Trump’s handling of the economy, compared to 47% who said they disapprove. In the July poll, Mr. Trump was at a 51%-42% approve-disapprove split on his handling of the economy.

In the polling released on Tuesday, 60% of respondents also said a recession over the next year is at least somewhat likely, compared to 35% who said it’s unlikely.

Sixty percent also said they were concerned that the tit-for-tat tariff and trade battle between the U.S. and China will raise the cost of consumer goods. Fifty-six percent said they disapprove of how the president is handling trade negotiations with China, compared to 35% who said they approve.

And by nearly a three-to-one margin, 43% to 16%, respondents said Mr. Trump’s policies on trade and the economy have increased rather than decreased the chance of a recession in the next year.

Mr. Trump responded by saying the ABC News-Washington Post poll “was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election.”

“When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!” the president said on Twitter.

Mr. Trump added that many polls are “fixed.”

“Internal polling looks great, the best ever!” he said.

The survey of 1,003 U.S. adults was taken from Sept 2-5 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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