Outgoing President Donald Trump is not leaving office on a high note. In their final set of numbers on the topic from his presidency, Gallup has reported the lowest overall job approval for Trump from any point of his time in office. In the new poll results, only 34 percent of respondents said that they approve of Trump’s job performance, which is one percentage point lower than the previous lowest point of 35 percent, which Trump hit a number of times all the way back in 2017, according to Gallup’s numbers. In the latest Gallup survey results, a full 62 percent of respondents said that they actively disapproved of Trump’s job performance.
NEW: Gallup Poll posted its last approval rating of Trump’s presidency: He reached a record low of just 34%.
The 34% job approval rating is one point lower than his prior lowest single rating, registered on several occasions in late 2017, Gallup said. pic.twitter.com/1lRwz2gLer
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) January 18, 2021
According to Gallup, Trump is the only president who never hit 50 percent job approval among the general public at any point in Gallup’s numbers from their time in office. In the final Gallup survey of Americans’ attitudes about then-departing President Barack Obama from his tenure, a full 59 percent of respondents said that they approved of Obama’s job performance. At present, Trump’s overall job approval has plummeted since the election, according to Gallup — in their final pre-election survey of Americans’ attitudes, 46 percent of respondents said that they approved of Trump’s job performance. Now, with an approval level of a mere 34 percent, his job approval has fallen by 12 percentage points, according to Gallup.
There are, of course, plenty of compelling reasons to disapprove of Trump’s job performance, to say the least. The list ranges from his utter failure to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to his recent incitement of a violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol and refusal to accept the basic reality of the election outcome. According to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times on Monday, Trump “has continued to tell advisers and allies he really won the election, with less than 48 hours to go before he leaves office.” There is, of course, no legitimacy to his claims.
The president has continued to tell advisers and allies he really won the election, with less than 48 hours to go before he leaves office. On the current GOP rift, the president's anger is with every Republican who voted for impeachment but singular for McCarthy, aides say.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 18, 2021
The widespread disapproval for Trump could signal coming problems for Republicans hoping to win elections in areas outside their base. The nation and world watched as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol under the pretense of the lies about the recent election that a number of top Republicans helped push.