Donald Trump's approval ratings drop to a new low

US President Donald Trump's popularity has fallen to the lowest point since he took the role, with a new survey showing nearly 60 percent totally disapprove of his tenure so far.

While 38 percent of expressed "total approval" of the job he's doing in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 58 percent expressed the exact opposite. His rating saw a drop of five points on the month before, and his lowest performance since May.

It's lowest rating in modern times for a US President at this stage of a presidency.

George W Bush was at 88 percent at this point, in the wake of the September 11 attacks, while Barack Obama was at 51 percent and Bill Clinton at 47 percent.

The drop comes amid a sudden shift in the mindset of independents, with just 34 percent approving of Mr Trump, compared to 41 percent in September.

NBC also identified three moments in the fortnight leading up to the survey which may have negatively influenced Mr Trump's popularity - his assertion previous Presidents didn't ring the families of fallen US soldiers (they did), his telling a grieving widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for" when he went to war, and three Republican senators' vocal criticism of him.

The survey found nearly twice as many people approved of Mr Trump's handling of hurricanes in Texas and Florida as disapproved - though the mass shooting in Las Vegas proved more divisive, with 33 percent disapproving and the same number approving.

More than twice as many Americans disapproved than approved of his reaction to NFL protesters taking a knee during the US National Anthem, while his handling of health care, North Korea, the Iran nuclear agreement and the Puerto Rico hurricane has not been well received.