U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S. Photo by REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

Poll: Most Americans don't think Trump can lead during global crisis

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S. Photo by REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

Most Americans have an unfavorable impression of President Donald Trump and don't approve of his job performance while in office so far, according to a new poll from PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll.

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults disapprove of Mr. Trump's work so far, while just more than a third of Americans — 37 percent — said they approved of the president's performance. His approval ratings have hovered in the mid to upper 30s since his inauguration, according to previous Marist polls.

A majority of U.S. adults also don't think highly of the president: 57 percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable impression of him. Still, that unfavorability rating has decreased since last November's contentious presidential election when two-thirds of respondents — 64 percent — said they did not view him favorably, according to previous Marist polls.

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And two-thirds of Americans — 65 percent — say the country is going in the wrong direction, a long-term trend of American pessimism that stems back to the years after the Great Recession.

When it comes to international affairs, 58 percent of Americans have little to no confidence in Trump's ability to lead during a crisis. This lack of confidence has remained virtually unchanged since August and comes amid reported conflicts between Trump and members of his cabinet in managing ongoing tension between the United States and North Korea. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis played down reports that he split from Trump in showing support for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's decision to pursue diplomacy with North Korea. The president had told Tillerson he was "wasting his time."

The PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll contacted 1,105 U.S. adults using landline and mobile phones between September 25 and September 27. There is a 2.9 percent margin of error.

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