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President Trump's net approval has fallen 15 points in Minnesota since taking office

In the year since his election, Trump's approval has fallen 15 points.
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What's happening?

President Donald Trump's approval rating in Minnesota has dropped by around 15 points since the year since he took office.

That's according to Morning Consult, which surveyed 900,000 registered voters in each month that has passed since Trump was inaugurated in January 2017.

In the interests of objectivity, we want to make it clear that yes, we did report on former Barack Obama's falling approval ratings when he was in office.

What it shows for Minnesota

President Trump started his tenure with a net approval rating of 3 in Minnesota – when 46 percent of state voters approved of him compared to 43 who disapproved.

That has since dropped quite significantly, and in February of this year his net approval had tumbled to negative 12.

There are still 42 percent of voters who approve of the president, however there are now 54 who disapprove.

In each poll, American voters were asked if they approve or disapprove of President Trump's job performance. They could answer strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, strongly disapprove or don't know/know opinion.

It's not all bad for Trump though

If the president wants a silver lining from the poll in Minnesota, it's that he has improved his net approval ratings since it hit its low point in November.

Then it was negative 21, since when Congress has approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that has been credited for a mini-revival of Republican fortunes in the past few months.

In fact, negative 12 is the highest net approval rating Trump has had in Minnesota since last June, when it was negative 11.

Trump only lost Minnesota to Hillary Clinton by a slim margin in 2016. He got 45.4 percent of the vote, 1.5 percent or just under 44,000 behind his Democratic rival.

He can also take solace from the fact some pollsters got the 2016 prediction wrong, though others like FiveThirtyEight had a Trump win within its margin of error.

Nonetheless, a negative rating for the president could make this year's mid-terms a difficult one for Republican candidates in Minnesota.

The president's fall in approval ratings is mimicked in other states across the U.S., including in Wisconsin, which he won in 2016 but now has a net approval of negative 9.

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