Washington: US President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen six points in the last month and stands at a new low among political independents, according to a new CNN poll. Overall, just 36 percent approved of the way the President was handling his job, down from 42 percent in August, the poll revealed on Monday.
Among independents, the drop has been sharper, from 47 percent approval last month to 31 percent currently. That's four points below his previous 2018 low of 35 percent approval among political independents in CNN polling, and one point below his previous all-time low among independents in polling reached in November 2017.
Trump's numbers have slipped amid the release of an op-ed in The New York Times and reports about the Bob Woodward book that will be released on Tuesday. Both paint a picture of a White House in chaos, with staffers actively thwarting the President's agenda.
A majority of Americans (58 percent) have said that the writer of the op-ed, an unnamed senior administration official, ought to publicly identify themselves, and 55 percent think it is inappropriate for an administration official to work against the agenda of the President.
A scant 13 percent of Americans think that most administration officials were working against Trump in the ways described in the op-ed, while 59 percent have said that at least some were acting that way. Just 17 percent have said that it was not happening at all.
The President's favorability rating has also taken a hit in this poll, with 61 percent saying they had unfavorable views of Trump, up from 55 percent in June. That unfavorable number is the worst since he won the presidency, and it matches the worst level seen during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The CNN poll was conducted between 6 September and 9 September among a random national sample of 1,003 adults reached on landlines or cellphones by a live interviewer.