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Trump's approval rating dips to 36% from 42%, Trump's angry

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After nearly six months in office, U.S. President Donald Trump's approval rating has dipped to 36%, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday.

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Trump reacted to the survey by downplaying the result and questioning the accuracy of the poll.

"The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump's overall approval rating was down from 42% in April.

According to the poll, Trump's disapproval rating has risen five points to 58%. Overall, 48% say they "disapprove strongly" of the current U.S. president's performance in office.

The fresh survey indicates that nearly half of all people in the U.S. (48%) see the country's leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated in January, compared with 27% who say it is stronger.

Only a third of those polled trust the president to do a good job in international negotiations, while two-thirds do not trust him in potential dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump met this month of the first time.

Trump continues to be damaged by the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections, with some 40% thinking Trump's campaign colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the vote.

Some 60% of U.S. citizens think Russia sought to interfere, though Democrats are far more likely to believe that than members of Trump's Republican Party.

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