Trump Approval Pulls Back Near Record Low

May 12, 2017

President Donald Trump's approval rating saw a small improvement after the missile strike in Syria last month but has pulled back near a record low in a new Quinnipiac University national poll. The poll found that 36 percent of voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 58 percent disapprove. Trump's approval rose to 40 percent in a poll conducted shortly after the attack on Syria but is now back near the record low of 35 percent seen in a poll released in early April Quinnipiac noted Trump is losing support among independents voters as well as white voters with no college degree and white men, which are important parts of his base. "There is no way to spin or sugarcoat these sagging numbers," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. The poll also found that 58 percent of voters say Trump's first 100 days in office have been "mainly a failure," while 38 percent say they have been "mainly a success." The Quinnipiac survey of 1,078 voters was conducted May 4th through 9th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Hyundai And Kia Ordered To Recall 240,000 CarsSouth Korea's transport ministry has ordered automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. to recall 240,000 cars after a whistle-blower raised concerns about defects in twelve models made by the two automakers.The whistle-blower is a former Hyundai employee with 26 years at the company, who tipped off the government about 32 defects in the vehicles. The recall covers five of these defects.

The recall is the first compulsory recall ordered by South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for Hyundai and its affiliate Kia, after the two companies refused to act voluntarilyThe automakers had previously argued that the defects, including in parking brake warning lights, posed no danger to driving safety. The ministry has also asked prosecutors in Seoul to investigate whether the automakers allegedly covered up the five flaws that affect 12 models. The models subject to the recall include Hyundai's Avante compact, i30 hatchback, Sonata midsize sedan and Sante Fe crossover as well as the luxury Genesis G80 and EQ900 sedans, and Kia's Mohave, Sorento SUVs and the Carnival minivan.These vehicles were found to have problems with their vacuum pipes, fuel hoses, parking brake light problems and other faulty componentsIn response to the recall order, Hyundai and Kia said in a joint statement that they accept the decision and will take all necessary steps to repair or replace the faulty parts in the affected models as early as possible.The automakers are required to announce their recall plans through media and notify the owners of affected vehicles of their planned recalls within the next thirty days.Hyundai and Kia together form the world's fifth-largest car maker by sales. The companies are targeting sales of a combined 8.25 million vehicles in 2017, up from the 7.9 million units they sold globally last year.