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A record share of US voters dislike Trump personally: Poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi (not pictured) in New York, September 24, 2019, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. (AFP photo)

Nearly Seven in 10 American voters say they dislike US President Donald Trump, a new record, and and half of voters say they’re very uncomfortable with the idea of his re-election, according to a new survey.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that Trump faces historically poor personal favorability ratings, with a record 69 percent of registered voters saying they personally did not like Trump.

Just 29 percent say they like Trump personally, the poll found, making Trump more personally disliked than any of his recent predecessors.

Prior to Trump’s presidency, the highest share of voters saying they disliked the president personally, was 42 percent for George W. Bush in March 2006, after Hurricane Katrina.

Voters also have higher levels of discomfort about Trump’s re-election. Half of voters — 49 percent — say they’re “very uncomfortable” with Trump running again in 2020 while just 26 percent responded that they were "enthusiastic" by his candidacy.

Trump’s overall standing remains underwater, as 45 percent of registered voters approve his job performance and 53 percent disapprove.

The survey comes as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, saying he betrayed his oath of office by seeking help from a foreign power to hurt his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

"The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law," Pelosi said in a statement.

The allegations against Trump are “a significant threat to our national security,” she added. “We should want to know definitively if they are true, or if they are false.”

The rare move, the first step in a complex process, pushed US politics into a perilous new chapter just 14 months before next year’s presidential and congresional elections.

On Wednesday, the Republican president denounced the impeachment inquiry as "Witch Hunt garbage" -- while also claiming it would help his re-election chances in 2020.

The latest crisis for Trump was sparked earlier this month after US news outlets reported that Trump made a phone call in July to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and allegedly attempted to coerce Zelensky into finding damning information about Biden's son's business dealings in Ukraine.

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