Following a week of protests and turmoil after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, it appears Republican President Donald Trump's approval rating as well as his support against Democratic rival Joe Biden are down.
51% of voters polled said Biden would be better at uniting the country, while 26% said Trump would.
The slide comes as Trump's former Cabinet officials, retired generals, religious leaders and even members of his own party publicly criticized his photo-op stunt that resulted in peaceful protesters being tear-gassed near St. John's Church after his threat to deploy the military to police protests.
The CNN poll was conducted by SSRS from June 2-5, surveying a random national sample of 1,259 adults by telephone, including 1,125 registered voters.
The president, who rarely misses an opportunity to blast a poll that he doesn't like, took to Twitter soon after the survey's release to charge that "CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting".
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Trump recorded a surprise victory last week when job numbers for May showed a drop rather than sharp increase as many had predicted.
Trump was facing tougher political prospects even before the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for nearly nine minutes into Floyd's neck last month. The 46-year old black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer put his knee on the handcuffed Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.
The CNN poll found 42% of respondents believe race relations is an extremely important issue in regard to who they vote for in this year's presidential election. Fifty-seven percent of people said they disapprove of the president's handling of his job, while 5% said they have no opinion.
Less than five months before voters will decide his fate, U.S. President Donald Trump is confronting a vastly different political reality than he once envisioned.
Since the last week of April, the president's re-election campaign has spent more than USD13 million on TV and radio ads across eight battleground states and the District of Columbia, attacking Biden as soft on China while defending the president's response to the pandemic, according to data from political ad tracker Kantar/CMAG.
Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire.