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Thursday, 12 October 2017 13:30

Puerto Rico is officially a problem for Trump. His numbers are worse than Bush's post-Katrina.

Written by  Aaron Blake
President Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Trump seemed to hint early Thursday that the federal government could pull out of helping Puerto Rico before the recovery is finished.

And just hours later, a new poll showed what a bad idea that was.

Quinnipiac University is providing some of the first full-scale reviews of Trump's handling of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, and it's bad news for Trump: Just 36 percent say the federal government has done enough, while 55 percent say it hasn't. Negative views have increased since an AP-NORC poll a week ago showing 49 percent disapproved.

That may seem as if it's just mirroring how people feel more generally about Trump. But if you look closer, the negative views of his Puerto Rico response lie in stark contrast to reviews of him on other hurricanes and the tragedy in Las Vegas. Trump gets positive marks on Hurricane Harvey in Texas (57 percent say his administration has done enough, vs. 27 percent who say it hasn't), Hurricane Irma in Florida (57 to 26) and the massacre in Las Vegas (50 to 34).

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