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Poll shows Trump's approval rating at near-historic lows and contains an ominous warning about the midterm elections

Jeremy Berke

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

(Donald Trump and Paul Ryan.Carlos Barria/Reuters)

A Wednesday poll from Quinnipiac University showed President Donald Trump's approval rating at near historic lows and suggested potential disaster for congressional Republicans in the 2018 midterms.

Trump's approval rating stood at 36% in the poll, the second lowest approval rating the survey has measured during his presidency. On April 4, Quinnipiac found Trump's approval rating at 35%.

The poll also painted potential disaster for congressional Republicans in the 2018 midterms: 54% of respondents said they wanted Democrats to win control of the House of Representatives, compared to 38% who want Republicans to maintain control.

That was the widest margin Quinnipiac has ever measured for that question. The last record, in 2013, was a margin of 5 percentage points in favor of Republicans gaining control of the House. 

Republicans' standing may have taken a hit after the House passed leadership's unpopular Obamacare repeal measure last week. Approval for the legislation hovers around 38%, according to recent polls.  

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Trump's support has taken a nose-dive among his base in recent weeks. His approval rating among independents is just 29%, down from 38% on April 19. And, among white voters with no college degree — a group instrumental to his victory over Hillary Clinton in the general election — his support has plummeted from 57% on April 19 to just 47%. 

Also, 66% of voters say Trump isn't "level-headed," and 61% say that he isn't honest, according to the poll.

"There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Malloy said the numbers are "red flags" that Trump can't "brush away."

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