Donald Trump Disapproval Rating Hits All-Time High Amid Russia Investigation, Shutdown: Poll

President Donald Trump's disapproval rating has reached a new high as concerns grow about his relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, a new poll shows.

Well over half—57 percent—of registered voters disapproved of the job Trump is doing as president, with 45 percent strongly disapproving and 12 percent somewhat disapproving, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday found. Only 40 percent of voters approved of Trump, with 21 percent strongly approving and 19 percent somewhat approving.

Trump's all-time high disapproval rating, according to this poll, comes shortly after The New York Times reported that the FBI had started an investigation into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia and jeopardizing American interests, just days after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017. That investigation has since been taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential race.

Among voters, 57 percent think it is likely that Russia has compromising information on Trump, with 36 percent saying very likely and 21 percent saying somewhat likely. Just 31 percent thought it was not likely, with 17 percent saying not likely at all and 14 percent saying not very likely.

The FBI's investigation was looking into whether Trump's firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

In the poll, 49 percent of voters thought Trump has tried to obstruct or impede the investigation into whether his campaign had colluded with Russia, while 34 percent thought he has not tried to obstruct or impede the probe and 18 percent did not know or did not have an opinion.

Regarding the shutdown, which is in its 33rd day, 54 percent of voters said Trump and congressional Republicans are to blame, breaking down to 49 percent citing Trump and 4 percent citing Republicans. Meanwhile, 35 percent of voters put the blame on congressional Democrats.

"As the government shutdown enters its second month, President Trump continues to carry the bulk of the blame among voters for the stalemate," Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair said.

Blaming Trump has risen 6 percentage points since the shutdown started. It was down 3 points for congressional Republicans and up 4 percent for congressional Democrats.

Trump is holding firm to his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico. Democrats have refused to provide wall funding, instead offering a fraction of that amount for border security.

The poll was conducted from January 18 to 22 with 1,996 registered voters, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on the last day of the Republican Convention on July 21, 2016. Trump's disapproval rating has hit an all-time high amid concerns about his relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the government shutdown. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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