Trump's support plummeting among white Americans without degrees amid government shutdown, poll shows

Support for Donald Trump has waned significantly among a key group of working-class voters during the longest government shutdown in US history, polls indicate.

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Support for Donald Trump has waned significantly among a key group of working-class voters during the longest government shutdown in US history, polls indicate.

The president’s approval rating among white Americans without university degrees has plummeted in the last month, according to separate surveys by Quinnipiac University and CNN.

The demographic is seen as crucial to Mr Trump, with two-thirds backing him in the 2016 election.

Fifty-three per cent of white voters with no degree approve of the president’s performance, down from 56 per cent on 19 December, found the Quinnipiac poll. His disapproval rating has increased from 37 per cent to 43 per cent, according to the survey.

CNN’s research put the same group’s support for Mr Trump at 45 per cent, down from 54 per cent a month ago. The rating is his lowest polled by a CNN survey of white Americans without degrees, by one per cent.

The president initially appeared eager to take responsibility for the deadlock which has left 800,000 federal government workers unpaid for more than a month, telling Democrats in a televised meeting in December: “I will be the one to shut it down ... I’m not going to blame you for it.”

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  • Trump's support plummeting among white Americans without degrees amid government shutdown, poll shows
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