Something in common: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan's approval ratings are both sinking

After the healthcare failure last week, new poll shows the Republican leaders' approval ratings at lowest yet.

Published March 30, 2017 5:44PM (EDT)

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President Donald Trump is known to tweet through his failures as a way to reassure the American people. "Do not worry, we are in very good shape!" Trump wrote on Monday after withdrawing the American Health Care Act last week for a lack of congressional support. But according to a new poll, approval for both Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan are not in good shape, and in fact, have hit record lows since Trump's election to office.

As reported by Public Policy Polling, Trump has an approval rate of 40 percent, while 53 percent disapprove of his performance.

But the numbers are even worse for Ryan, who currently has a 21 percent approval rate, and 61 percent disapproval rate.

But something did see a spike in its approval rate. Support for the Affordable Care Act rose to 52 percent, thanks to the long debate over the law's merits. The American Health Care Act has an approval rate of only 23 percent.

“The main thing that this month’s health care fight in Washington did was make Obamacare more popular than it’s ever been before,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “There’s little appetite from voters to repeal it at this point.”

Despite Trump's claims that Democrats were to blame for the AHCA's failure, 52 percent of voters charge congressional Republicans for the defeat. A majority of GOP voters — 54 percent — blame Ryan.

"This issue has made Paul Ryan into the most unpopular politician in the country," the survey concludes.

It has been a particularly rough week for Ryan. Today, during the ongoing hearings on Russia collusion in the presidential election, a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute's program on national security said, "This past week we observed social media accounts discrediting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, hoping to further foment unrest inside US democratic institutions."

By Rachel Leah

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