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A survey published Tuesday revealed potential unease among Republican voters about the way that President Donald Trump has governed and behaved during his first seven months in office.
The Pew Research poll showed 36% of Americans approved of Trump’s conduct as president, while 63% of Americans disapproved.
Very few Americans approve of the way Trump has conducted himself as president: 58% of people said they do not like the way Trump conducts himself, while 25% reported mixed feelings about his conduct and only 16% said they approve.
Trump has long been a divisive figure within the Republican Party itself. A handful of prominent Republican leaders refused to endorse the president, and many have broken with him on various issues, such as in the aftermath of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
But Tuesday’s Pew survey also showed that Republican voters largely hold mixed views of Trump at best.
Among conservative voters, 52% said Trump should listen more to Republicans with government experience, compared to 40% who said he should listen less. And among Republican-leaning voters, 58% said Trump should listen more to experienced Republican leaders, compared to 34% of the group who said he should listen less to experienced Republicans.
Though 69% of people who leaned Republican said they agree with Trump on many or all issues facing the US, 46% said they have mixed feelings about Trump’s conduct. Another 34% said they do not approve of the president’ conduct.
Though Pew did not survey Democrats’ sentiment on President Barack Obama’s conduct, 82% of Democrats said in an August 2009 survey that they approved of his job performance. Recent polls have shown that Republicans approve of Trump’s performance in similar numbers.
Other recent polls have found many self-described Republican remain uncomfortable about Trump.
NBC and Marist College released a poll last week that showed majorities of voters in three key states to Trump’s victory were “embarrassed” by his conduct in office. Among Republicans specifically, over a quarter of voters said they were embarrassed by Trump’s job performance.
The Pew poll was conducted between August 8 and 21 among 4,971 adults, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.