Earlier this month, a Pew poll found that Trump’s approval rating was the lowest in history. Granted, many people (ie. Trump supporters) believe polls are inaccurate, and no longer trust them.
However, ANOTHER poll has revealed the same results. In a poll conducted by Gallup, they found that Trump’s approval rating was, indeed, the lowest in history.
‘Donald Trump averaged 41% job approval during his first quarter as president, 14 percentage points lower than any other president in Gallup’s polling history. Bill Clinton had the previous low mark of 55%. The average first-quarter rating among post-World War II presidents elected to their first term is 61%, with John Kennedy’s 74% the highest.’
If you look at the above chart you’ll see that throughout the years the approval ratings have slowly decreased with time. However, the drop from Bill Clinton’s 55 percent is a steep drop of 14 points.
Base on their tracking from the day Trump took office to April 19, the results show his approval rating ranged from 35 percent to 46 percent. It’s important to note no other president started out with an approval rating below 50 percent.
Of course, Trump doesn’t have to worry about his Republican peers. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans are happy with the job that Trump is doing. This matches the same for other presidents.
On the other hand, however, Trump has a whole nine percent approval rating with Democrats. That is also the lowest in the history of Gallup’s tracking. It’s 20 points lower than the lowest, and it’s 35 points below the average.
For independents, Trump carries a 37 percent approval rating, which is still the lowest in history.
Gallup noted the low approval rating was due to Trump’s inability to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.
‘Near the 100-day mark in his presidency, his approval rating has settled near 40%. Whether foiled by his own party or outside forces, Trump has not been able to deliver on many of his campaign promises thus far, including repealing the ACA and tightening access to the U.S. from several majority-Muslim countries. He did fulfill his promise of adding a conservative justice to the Supreme Court after Senate Republicans employed the “nuclear option” to eliminate the minority party’s ability to filibuster high-court nominations.’
Furthermore, Gallup noted something that may prove impossible for Trump to pull off. Since a high majority of Republicans already approve of Trump, for Trump to be able to pull off an approval rating higher than the lowest average (45.4 percent) for his entire term as president, he will have to win over Democrats and more independents.
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