Gallup: Trump's approval rating drops to new low of 34%

REUTERS  Joshua Roberts
REUTERS Joshua Roberts
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16 August, 2017

President Donald Trump's job approval and disapproval are now worse than ever before. He was criticised for not specifically calling out white supremacist terrorism following events in Charlottesville over the weekend, according to the BBC.

Gallup surveyed 1,500 Americans over the phone and the poll has a 3% margin of error.

The Republican president's job approval rating hit 34 percent Sunday compared with a 61 percent disapproval rating that put Trump in an unenviable historical class, according to Gallup's most recent numbers.

52 percent feel that Trump's treatment of Republicans has made it hard for them to pass major items on his agenda, compared to 39 percent who disagree his behavior has hampered his legislative program.

Trump's approval rating is the lowest for a newly elected president at this point in his first term, but other presidents like both Harry Truman, Jimmy Carter, both Bushes, and Richard Nixon all fell below 34% at one point.

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Among Republicans, his latest weekly approval rating was 79 percent, the lowest from his party and below the previous week's 82 percent.

Previously, Trump's worst numbers were an approval rating of 35% in March, and a disapproval rating of 60% in June.

The poor approval ratings could also be a reaction to Trump's strong rhetoric toward North Korea for its missile and nuclear defense tests.

Trump's highest three-day reading to date has been 46%, recorded most recently on January 23-25, shortly after his January 20 inauguration.

The all-time low under Gallup's approval rating is still now held by President Harry Truman, who garnered a 22 percent rating in February 1952, just months before he would leave office.


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