For a president whose public support has seemed highly important to him, U.S. President Donald Trump is unlikely to be pleased with the results of a Fox News poll released Wednesday that shows that Bernie Sanders, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate, as well as Trump's own vice president, Mike Pence, have higher approval ratings than Trump himself does.
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Also besting the president, who has repeatedly boasted he is a "ratings machine," were the group Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare legislation commonly known as ObamaCare.
The poll also shows that the percentage of respondents who approved of the job that Trump is doing dropped from 48 percent in mid-February to 43 percent this week. Fifty-one percent of respondents this week expressed disapproval of Trump and another 6 percent said they didn't know, Bernie Sanders by contrast had a 61 percent favorability rating, the highest of rating in the poll. But fully 93 percent of respondents who said they voted for Trump said they still approve of him, while 2 percent said they disapprove and 5 percent said they didn't know.
The U.S. president, who makes regular use of his Twitter account might also take note of the Fox News poll result showing that only 16 percent approved of his tweeting practices, 50 percent disapproved, 32 percent said he should be "more cautious" and 2 percent said they didn't now.
The poll was conducted by telephone from Monday through Wednesday of this week, and the results on questions directed to all of those surveyed have a margin of error of three percentage points.