According to the Gallup weekly approval rating tracker, President Trump’s approval rating dropped 4 points over the course of last week. Last week began with the president standing by the nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia even after a Washington Post writer was murdered by the Saudi government. The week ended with a deadly shooting inside a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 people. Between the outcry over the journalist’s murder and the shooting, the country was gripped by a serial bomber who sent pipe bombs to 2 former presidents, Democratic lawmakers, Democratic donors, critics of the president, and CNN.
Over the course of the previous 4 weeks, the president’s approval rating gained, those gains were lost last week. For the week ending on Sunday, the president’s approval rating dropped to 40 percent. Similarly, 54 percent of Americans now indicate that they disapprove of the president’s job performance.
The poll is based on a survey of about 1,500 Americans taken between October 22 and October 28. There is a plus or minus 3 margin of error. Prior to last week, the president’s approval rating was up to 44 percent. The bump in the president’s rating was attributed in part to the successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
After the pipe bombs and the synagogue shooting, the president condemned the violence and called on the nation to be united. It did not take long, however, for the president to return to his own hateful and violence embracing rhetoric. Only days after prominent Democrats received pipe bombs, the president attacked them. The president blamed the media for the violence, saying it is their fake coverage of his administration that caused last week’s events.
Even after CNN received a pipe bomb, the president attacked the network. He doubled down on his claim that the media is the “enemy of the people.”