NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WATE) – A new poll shows that President Donald Trump’s approval rating in Tennessee is around 50 percent three months after he won the state by a wide margin in the general election.
The Middle Tennessee State University poll of 600 registered voters showed that 51 percent approve of the job Trump is doing. He won the state with 61 percent of the popular vote.
The poll was conducted between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16 and results were released Wednesday at the annual Associated Press-Tennessee Press Association legislative preview session. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Jason Reineke, MTSU Poll associate director, said the results show that Trump so far is experiencing a hangover in Tennessee, not a honeymoon.
The poll showed that 27 percent disapproved of Trump’s performance and 17 percent didn’t know or didn’t answer.
Gas tax proposal
The poll also found that support is mixed for Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed gas tax to fund highway projects. The poll says 38 percent of Tennesseans are in support, while 28 are opposed. Thirty-three percent weren’t sure and the remaining one percent declined to answer.
Among those who had read or heard “a lot” or “some” about the bill, 51 percent were in support, 31 percent were opposed and 18 percent weren’t sure. By contrast, among those who had only read or heard “a little” or “nothing at all” about the proposal, 24 percent were in support, 24 percent in opposition, and 52 percent unsure.
Haslam’s approval rating is at 57 percent according to the poll, while the legislature itself is at 50 percent. About half of Tennessee’s voters say they want a Republican as their next governor.
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