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New Poll Gives Trump Historically Low Rating

| by Jordan Smith

The results of a new Gallup poll conducted Feb. 13-15 suggest President Donald Trump has a historically low approval rating after his first month in office.

Trump gained the support of 40 percent of respondents, 21 percentage points below the average of 61 percent for a president after their first month, AOL reported.

But the picture is made more complicated by diverging polling results. Rasmussen's latest daily survey gave the president a 55 percent approval rating, while a recent poll by the Pew Research Center conducted Feb. 7-12 said Trump had the backing of only 38 percent.

The Gallup survey also revealed that 55 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump.

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Trump has dismissed his low poll numbers, tweeting Feb. 6, "Any negative polls are fake news," AOL reported.

He also labeled the media "the enemy of the American people!"

"Some of the things I'm doing probably aren't popular, but they're necessary for security and for other reasons," Trump added at a Feb. 16 press conference, the Washington Post reported.

Trump continues to have a strong base of support among Republican voters.

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84 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently approve of Trump. This is a higher figure than any of the last six presidents, apart from Barack Obama, who had an approval rating among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents of 86 percent at the end of his first month in office.

In interviews with NBC, voters who backed Trump last November called for the president to be given a chance.

"It really bothers me most people aren't even willing to give him six months to a year to see how things are going to go," Danny Krebs, a Trump voter from Kentucky, told NBC. "We're all fallible, but can we give him a break on running the country? It's a big job -- everybody recognizes that. Nobody is right for it the first day they're on the job."

Others expressed their distrust of poll ratings.

"How were they for the election?" asked Jeremy Jones. "Everybody said, 'Aw, there's no way he's going to win. No way he's going to win'. And now, they say, 'Aw, look, he's going down'."

Sources: AOL, Washington Post, NBC News / Photo credit: Ali Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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