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Poll: Majority Disapprove Of Trump's First 100 Days

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with President Donald Trump's job performance as he nears his first 100 days in office. In general, polling indicates that Trump is proving to be the most divisive president in decades.

On April 26, a survey conducted by AOL News found that 53 percent of national adults disapproved of Trump based on his first 100 days occupying the White House. Another 43 percent of respondents approved of the president's job performance; the remaining 4 percent were undecided.

Since the earliest stages of his presidency, polling involving Trump has been more polarized than that of any of his predecessors going back decades.

On Feb. 12, the Pew Research Center found that only 39 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 56 percent disapproved of him. For comparison, the lowest net approval rating recorded by the same polling group for any president during mid-February of a first term in office was former President Bill Clinton in 1993, who had an approval rating of 56 percent and a disapproval rating of 25 percent.

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April 29 will mark Trump's 100th day in office. As of April 25, the Gallup daily tracking poll found that he currently has an approval rating of 39 percent while 56 percent of respondents disapprove of his job performance.

When former President Barack Obama reached his 100th day in office, Gallup found that he had an approval rating of 65 percent.

Aggregating the last 11 national surveys released between April 11 and April 24, Real Clear Politics found that Trump has an average approval rating of 41.8 percent while an average of 52.5 percent disapprove of him.

Trump has blasted the tradition of assessing a president's job performance based on their first 100 days in office.

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"I think the 100 days is, you know, it's an artificial barrier," Trump told The Associated Press on April 23. "It's not very meaningful."

Pulitzer Prize-winning research site PolitiFact is keeping a scorecard on Trump following through on the promises he made on the campaign trail.

PolitiFact has found that while 49.5 percent of the president's promises have yet to be addressed, 26.7 percent were in the works while 5.9 percent had already been fulfilled. PolitiFact researchers also found that Trump had broken 2 percent of his pledges while compromising on another 1 percent; 14.9 percent had been stalled by setbacks.

The majority of Trump's achievements during his first 100 days came through executive actions. He has already signed 30 executive orders, whereas Obama had only signed 19 during the same time frame.

Sources: AOL News, The Associated Press, GallupPolitiFactReal Clear Politics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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