Donald Trump's Disapproval Rating Hits Highest Level Since Impeachment Peak

President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has reached its highest level since the early stages of his impeachment, polling data shows.

According to FiveThirtyEight's approval rating tracker, Trump's disapproval rating stood at 54.8 percent on Wednesday morning, just 0.2 points below his 55 percent disapproval ranking on November 4 last year.

By comparison, a little more than four-in-ten (41 percent) approve of his record in office, giving the commander-in-chief his lowest rating since mid-November.

Trump's net disapproval rating of 13.7 percentage points is also at its lowest level since the height of the House impeachment inquiry last year.

The president's rising disapproval rating comes amid criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and protests against police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May.

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Donald Trump makes remarks as he participates in a roundtable with law enforcement officials in the State Dining Room of the White House, June, 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

One poll conducted by Morning Consult between June 6 and 7 found that half of voters felt Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was "poor" as a further 11 percent described it as "just fair."

A little more than a third (34 percent) of polled voters said the president's reaction to the pandemic had been "excellent" or good.

Another survey for CNN conducted by SSRS between June 2 and 5 also revealed that almost two-thirds of voters (63 percent) disapproved of the way Trump was handling race relations amid unrest over the death of Floyd, a 45-year-old black man, while in police custody.

Asked who they trusted to better handle various key issues, majorities of registered voters told pollsters they had greater faith in former Vice President Joe Biden to handle both race relations and the coronavirus outbreak.

Fifty-five percent also said they put more trust in the Democratic presidential nominee to steer the U.S. in a time of crisis, while 41 percent said the same of Trump.

The one key election issue Trump is consistently most trusted on at the time of writing is the economy, despite an unprecedented surge in jobless claims filed amid nationwide pandemic shutdowns in the spring.

FiveThirtyEight's latest approval rating data was released a little more than a week after peaceful protesters reported being struck with tear gas as law enforcement dispersed their demonstration outside the White House.

After the protesters were dispersed, Trump walked to St. John's Episcopal Church and posed outside the landmark with a Bible in hand.

Acting United States Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan later said officers had not used tear gas on protesters, and had instead used a combination of pepper balls and smoke canisters.