The number of Americans who claim they still harbor positive views towards the 45th President of the United States has continued to plummet, according to a new poll.
Little more than a third of people admitted their continued support and approval of him since his inauguration — yet another embarrassing drop from a similar study carried out in June.
Despite this latest slump, there is one small crumb of comfort, as Trump is still managing to beat his arch-rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to the vote.
The results of the poll — carried out by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal — saw just 36 percent of those quizzed voicing their backing of Trump, two points lower than the previous figure.
Crucially, more than half of those taking part in this vote voiced negative feelings towards the president, some 52 percent admitting their disapproval of his performance.
What Lies Behind the Drop
It is believed there are a number of major factors behind his poor showing in this new poll, the findings of which were released on Wednesday, September 6.
Furthermore the president has failed, so far, to push through any major legislative changes that he proposed during his presidential campaign. Any moves have either been thwarted or resulted in a swift climbdown in the face of public opposition.
Until now, the president's approval rating in the poll has remained relatively unchanged, hovering around the 40 percent mark. Similarly, the number of those who said they disapproved of Trump's job performance has also remained steady at 55 percent.
Obama, Sanders, Bush… and Clinton
Many expressed warm feelings for former President Barack Obama, about whom 51 percent said they felt positive, compared to 35 percent who retained negative views.
Figures suggested 44 percent held positive thoughts about former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, with former President George W. Bush maintaining 45 percent approval rating. Less than a third (33 percent) of those polled said they held negative feelings towards both men.
Although her political appearances have become increasingly less of late, Clinton still found herself out of favor with the electorate, attracting just 30 percent satisfaction rating in this latest poll.
In recent weeks, excerpts from her forthcoming book, entitled What Happened, have trickled out and published by CNN, including bits in which she recalls being put-off by Trump's behavior during one of their debates, criticism of former FBI Director James Comey, former Vice-President Joe Biden and her primary opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, over the doubt they expressed about her campaign.