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Trump's Approval Ratings At All-Time Low: 36%

| by Denise Recalde

Approval ratings for President Donald Trump's handling of the presidency were at an all-time low on Mar. 26, after he failed to repeal and replace Obamacare as he had promised two days before. 

On March 26, Gallup released a new poll that shows the president's approval ratings are down to 36 percent -- the lowest they've been since he was sworn in. 

At the same time, his disapproval rating has surged to 57 percent, Daily Mail reports.

Gallup compiles data for its polls on a daily basis and this one is based on 1,500 phone interviews. The margin of error for its polls is plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

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Public opinion in favor of Trump noticeably slumped two days after the president failed to pass a GOP bill for the Affordable Healthcare Act that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare.

Trump's proposed bill did not gain sufficient support among Republicans and was "dead on arrival" in Congress.

On the campaign trail, Trump had repeatedly stated he would repeal and replace Obamacare as one of his first acts as president. 

However, conservatives fiercely opposed the GOP bill, saying it didn't repeal enough of Obamacare and even went so far as to call it "Obamacare 2.0."

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Other GOP members rejected the bill due to the effect it would have on Medicaid users in their states. 

People are saying that the failure to pass the bill makes both Trump and the GOP look incompetent and weak.  

Trump immediately sought to distance himself from the failure by blaming conservatives in Congress, Democrats, and even House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

According to The Guardian, the president tweeted on March 26: "Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & [Obamacare]."

The Club for Growth and Heritage Foundation consists of conservative groups with significant leverage over the Freedom Caucus. The withdrawal of their support, along with some Republican moderates, was what prompted Ryan and Trump to pull the vote on the bill. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich, an opponent of Trump in the 2016 primary and a vocal critic of the president, believed health care reform was possible but confessed his party was in disunity.

"I think there was a tug of war inside the administration," he said, CNN reports. He partly blamed the Democrats for refusing to work with Republicans. Congressional members could not "walk away, close their eyes and lock the door," Kasich said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Guardian, CNN / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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