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Trump’s approval ratings are stable amid Cohen-Manafort legal troubles

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President Donald Trump
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January 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump met with
Republican members of the Senate to discuss
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  • Two of Trump’s past associates, his lawyer Michael
    Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, had highly
    publicized legal battles that both had damaging consequences on
    August 21.
  • New polling from NBC News/The Wall Street Journal and
    Fox News shows Trump’s job-approval ratings were largely
    unchanged, despite those legal developments.
  • The Fox News poll found voter approval of special
    counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation jumped by 11
    points.

Much of the analysis surrounding the fallout from court cases
involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman
Paul Manafort and his former attorney Michael Cohen called August
21, 2018 the
worst day of Trump’s presidency
.

But new polling
from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal
suggests Trump
voters seemed to take those legal developments in stride.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken August 18-22 showed
Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters who were surveyed
stood at 46%, with 51% disapproving of the president’s job
performance.

Those numbers remained stable in a follow-up survey taken August
22-25, which found Trump’s approval rating at 44% among
Republican voters, with 52% saying they disapprove.

A Fox News poll of 1,009
registered voters taken August 19-21 found 45% of those surveyed
approve of Trump’s job performance, with 53% saying they
disapprove.

The Fox News poll also signals a potentially troubling
development around voter perceptions of special counsel Robert
Mueller’s Russia investigation. The poll showed an uptick in
Mueller’s approval rating among registered voters: 59% in the
August 19-21 survey, compared to 48% just one month earlier.

Trump ramped up his criticism of Mueller and the Russia
investigation last week in response to legal developments around
Cohen and Manafort. He also launched new broadsides against
Attorney General Jeff Sessions,
who promptly fired back
at the president.

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