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Trump’s Disapproval Rating Rises

| by Robert Fowler

New polling marks the lowest approval rating for President Donald Trump yet. Just one month into his term, Trump is 21 percentage points below the presidential average approval.

On Feb. 17, the Gallup poll found that Trump's approval rating dipped to just 38 percent, while 56 percent of respondents disapproved of his job performance. That amounts to a net approval of minus 18 points for the new president, Talking Points Memo reports.

Gallup began tracking Trump's approval rating on Jan. 22, two days after he assumed office. At the beginning of his presidency, 45 percent of respondents approved of him while 45 percent disapproved, making him the first president to assume office without a net positive rating.

Based on data gathered since Gallup began tracking presidential job performance ratings, Trump's net approval rating is 21 percentage points below the average for presidents one month into their term. Before Trump, Gallup found that the commander-in-chief with the lowest approval a month after assuming office was former President Bill Clinton, who had 51 percent approval in February 1993, CBS News reports.

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Former President Barack Obama had an approval rating of 64 percent in February 2009, while former President George W. Bush had an approval rating of 62 percent in February 2001.

On Feb. 16, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found similar results: Only 39 percent of respondents approved of Trump's job performance while 56 percent disapproved.

The data found that most feel passionately about the president, with 56 percent of respondents either strongly approving of disapproving. Only 17 percent felt either way less strongly.

The Pew poll also found that while Trump's overall approval rating is far below that of his recent predecessors, he enjoys strong support from the GOP base, as 84 percent of Republican-leaning respondents approve of his job performance. Meanwhile, only 8 percent of Democrats voiced approval.

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Aggregating the 12 national polls released between Jan. 15 and Feb. 14, RealClearPolitics found that an average 42.3 percent of respondents were favorable toward Trump while an average 50.6 percent were unfavorable.

Sources: CBS News, Pew Research Center, RealClearPoliticsTalking Points Memo / Photo credit: Michael Candelori/Flickr

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