Results of the poll, carried out by the US Broadcaster ABC News and newspaper Washington Post, come amid a wider perceptions of a decline in US global influence, a much-delayed Republican agenda, and unfolding stories about alleged Russia's links to the 2016 Trump campaign.
In the Trump "surge counties" (for example: Carbon, Pa., where Trump won 65 percent to 31 percent, versus Romney's 53-45 percent margin) - 56 percent of residents approve of the president's job performance. ABC News notes that is a six-point decrease from his 100-day numbers, and one that is approached only by Gerald Ford, who reached 39 percent in 1975.
Bill Clinton also had a high disapproval rating when he took charge in 1993 but it was still seven points lower than Trump's after six months.
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In those counties, the president's approval rating clocks in at 50 percent, compared to 46 percent who disapprove of his job performance.
And on a broader worldwide scale, two-thirds of respondents don't trust Trump to competently negotiate with world leaders.
The questions regarding Trump's interactions with Putin came following his first bilateral sit-down with the Russian leader on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, which many experts saw as a win for Putin. Only 37 per cent of Americans "say the Democratic Party now stands for something, while 52 per cent viewed it as it "just stands against Trump". Among groups, half of white evangelicals see him as a good role model, fewer than might be expected in a key support group. On the Russian question, 60 percent of Americans now believe that country tried to influence the US election.
Comparatively, approval ratings remained low among non-white Protestants, college educated white women, Hispanics, and blacks. Meanwhile, fewer than 4 in 10 say the Democratic Party now stands for something, while a slight majority say it "just stands against Trump". Meanwhile, only 59 per cent of Republicans back their party's proposal, though only 11 per cent say they prefer Obamacare.