Gallup: Trump Approval Rating Now Lower Than Obama, Clinton Records
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 2:04
(Speaker Paul Ryan's American Health Care Act was polling at around 17 percent before it collapsed.) Trump also faced a barrage of negative publicity over his campaign's ties to Russia, including an announcement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it was investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian agents to influence the election. Shortly after Inauguration Day, about 44 percent of America approved of Trump's job performance and 44 percent disapproved.
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The 11-point increase from 2016 to 2017 among Republicans saying the environment is "excellent" or "good" is the largest year-to-year change in Republicans' environmental ratings since 2001 when Gallup began doing the poll. At the same point in his first term, former President Obama's approval rating hovered around 60 percent; former President George W. Bush's was in the high 50s. And it may only be downhill from there: nearly every president since former President Harry Truman faced large dips in approval throughout their first year in office.
Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan all saw job approval ratings under 36% at least once during their administrations.
The problem for Trump is he has never had high approval ratings.
The new poll suggests a steep drop for the new president. Trump's average approval rating in the Huffington Post Pollster.com average of all polls now shows Trump at only 41.7 percent approval.
One of those was the historically Trump-friendly Rasmussen poll, which as recently as last Tuesday showed Trump at an even split, with a 50-50 approval to disapproval rating.
But while ugly, Trump's unpopularity isn't unprecedented, either. Democrats have traditionally been less positive about the environment than Republicans have, Gallup said.
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