American voters divided over Russian election meddling, poll reveals

Owen Stevens
April 27, 2017

- A majority of North Carolina voters polled last week agreed that President Donald Trump is staying true to his campaign promises although his approval rating has fallen since the November election.

A separate new poll from Fox News, released on Wednesday, found that 45 percent of American voters approve of Trump's job performance, down from the 48 percent approval rating he had when he was inaugurated. Almost 60 percent of all voters oppose the wall, including 92 percent of Democrats who think it's a bad idea. Seventy-two percent of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton's enthusiastic electorate suspect Russian interference threw their candidate's campaign-and that Trump's aides helped-while 64 percent of Trump's devoted supporters stand behind his claims that former President Barack Obama ordered him to be wiretapped.

In his analysis of the results, ABC's Gregory Holyk said, "Simply put, Democrats are motivated to see Trump's presidency as illegitimate, while Republicans are motivated to believe his predecessor was up to no good".

The Elon University Poll surveyed 506 registered N.C. voters by telephone April 18-21. Survey results have a margin of error of +/- 4.36 percentage points. "However, his use of Twitter is deeply unpopular, even among his otherwise loyal base voters".

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"The president's core support in North Carolina is very robust", Husser said.

Criticism of Trump's social media use and belief that the media are the enemy also fell along party lines, the poll found. When taking party affiliation into consideration, 84 percent of Republicans agree that "repeal and replace" should continue to be a priority while 86 percent of Democrats say to move on to other issues.

The 100-day marker is in part an artificial measuring post for any new president, but Trump is the least popular president at this stage of a presidency since General Dwight Eisenhower, who served as the 34th president of the USA from 1953 to 1961. That's a dip from the 49.9 percent who voted for him in the Tar Heel State.

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