NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is losing his grip on the public’s mood on social media, according a Fox News/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday.
The survey found that 52 percent of likely voters approve of the job Trump is doing, down from 62 percent in February and 62 percent last year.
Trump’s approval rating among Democrats fell from 51 percent in January to 42 percent in the survey.
The president’s approval ratings are lower than those of former President Barack Obama, who earned an 83 percent approval rating from Democrats.
Trump also lost support among Independents, a group that Trump has been courting to vote in his 2018 reelection campaign.
The Fox poll was conducted March 7-10 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults.
It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Trump’s approval score fell in several key areas, including disapproval of his handling of the economy and his handling the national debt.
He has been criticized for his response to the hurricanes, his handling, for example, of the military response to Puerto Rico and his failure to provide more relief to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
A majority of respondents (54 percent) disapprove of Trump’s handling of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, while just 41 percent approve of his response.
And just 29 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the president’s handling or response to Hurricane Irma.
The disapproval ratings were lower than Trump’s in December, when 51 percent disapproved of his hurricane response, and in January, when 52 percent disapproves.
Trump is also losing favorability ratings.
The poll found that 44 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of him, up from 39 percent last month.
Only 32 percent have a favorable view of Trump, a jump of three percentage points from February.
The public is divided over Trump’s temperament, as 50 percent said Trump has “a lot of temper,” while 41 percent said he has “some temper.”
And 36 percent said they have a “little temper.”
In January, 41 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of Trump.
Fifty-nine percent of the public said they had an unfavorable opinion of him.
The numbers are similar among Indigents.
Just 39 percent of Indigent respondents had a positive view of the first black president, while 57 percent disapprove.
The first black President has been a divisive figure in the Trump presidency, as well.
He is the first president in American history to be impeached by Congress.
The White House has defended Trump’s actions during the hurricane response.
In February, Trump called the storm relief efforts a “massive” effort and the response to it a “great success,” while praising the response of the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.