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Survey: Record Disapproval of Trump's Performance

More than half the respondents (57%) to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll said they disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance -- a record high disapproval rating for the survey -- as he prepares to mark one year in office Saturday (Jan. 20).

Only 39% said they approved of his performance.

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The breakout of the responses by party illustrates the gaping political divide in the country. Only 8% of Democrats approve of Trump's job performance, while 78% of Republicans do.

Asked which word best describes how they feel about his first year in office, the top answer was "disgusted" (38%), with "scared" (24%) and "hopeful" (23%) taking the number two and three spots. (Multiple responses were allowed.) In a poll around the time of his inauguration, "hopeful" was the top response.

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The phone survey was conducted Jan. 13-17 among 900 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.