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Trump news – Armed groups dwarfed by security at state capitals as president’s approval at new low

Chantal Da Silva and Oliver O'Connell
·1-min read
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has plummeted to an all-time low as the US leader prepares to exit the White House.

In the wake of the deadly Capitol riots on 6 January, the president has seen his approval rating dive, with the change in perception being largely among Republicans.

The worst polling came from Pew Research Center, which found Mr Trump’s disapproval rating to be at 68 per cent, with his approval rating falling to 29 per cent, the lowest yet, in a poll of 5,360 adults conducted between 8-12 January.

The findings come as states across the US brace for the possibility of inauguration week violence as President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on Wednesday. Small armed groups appeared at statehouses on Sunday, but the size of the gatherings appeared dwarfed by the security presence.

On Sunday, former FBI director James Comey warned of the “very serious” risk of violence breaking out around the inauguration following deadly riots at the US Capitol last week.

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