President Donald Trump’s approval rating is down four points in the wake of pipe bombings sent to his political rivals and a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, new poll numbers showed on Monday.
The four-point drop in Gallup’s weekly rating tracking essentially erases any gains the president has made as he fights off a blue wave and tries to keep his party in power on Capitol Hill ahead of next week’s midterm election.
For the week ending on Sunday, Trump’s approval rating sat at 40 percent with 54 percent disapproving of his job as president, Gallup found.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating is down four points in the wake of pipe bombings sent to his political rivals and a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh
Gallup began tracking the new poll numbers on Monday, when Trump was in Houston campaigning for Ted Cruz
In the previous two weeks, the president was at a 44 percent approval rating, coming in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and rising GOP hopes their party would fare better than expected on Election Day.
The poll began surveying voters on Monday, when Trump was in Houston campaigning for his former rival Ted Cruz and ended on Sunday, the day after a mass shooter killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The poll ended on Sunday, the day after a mass shooter killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh
In between, at least 14 packages with pipe bombs were sent to Trump rivals
In between pipe bombs were sent to former President Obama and Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, CNN, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and other prominent Democrats.
At least 14 packages containing pipe bombs were sent to rivals named by the president. Authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday.
On Saturday, Robert Bowers was charged with 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation after police said he opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue during morning services.
Trump urged unity and called for a ‘civil tone’ in politics. But he soon turned back to criticizing Democrats and the media – two of his favorite targets.
The president’s critics suggested his own rhetoric had contributed to the spate of violence, a notion the White House has pushed back heavily on.
Gallup’s poll surveyed 1,500 Americans from Oct. 22 through Oct 28. It has a margin of error of 3 points.