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Poll: Trump Tops Clinton At Equal Point In First Term

| by Jordan Smith

Reports have focused on President Donald Trump's low approval rating since he came to office, but according to an average of polls,  he is currently more popular than Bill Clinton was at the same point of his first term in office.

Trump's support averages out at 39.8 percent, according to Real Clear Politics, or at 39 percent via FiveThirtyEight. On the 138th day of Clinton's first term, his approval rating stood at 37 percent, Newsweek reported.

Clinton's low numbers at the time were attributed to a sluggish economy and the beginnings of an ethics scandal at the White House travel office.

In addition, Clinton had recently allowed gay people to serve in the military under the “don't ask, don't tell” provision. This angered both traditionalists opposed to gay people serving in the military and people who felt the policy treated gay people unfairly.

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"I never expected that I could take on some of these interests that I've taken on without being attacked. And whenever you try to change things, there are always people there ready to point out the pain of change without the promise of it, and that's just all part of it," Clinton said in May 1993 when asked about his poll numbers, according to The New York Times.

Clinton was able to bounce back from his early troubles. By the end of June 1993, Clinton's approval ratings rose into the 40s, and by the end of his two terms in office, he enjoyed the support of 66 percent of the population.

The coming weeks will show whether Trump's numbers move in a similar direction. One of the first major events which could have an impact on his rating is the June 8 Senate testimony of James Comey, the former FBI director who was fired by Trump in May.

Quinnipiac's latest poll is less than encouraging for the president, as it finds his approval rating declining to 34 percent, its lowest level yet recorded by Quinnipiac. Politico reported that the survey found 57 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump.

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Quinnipiac's previous low for Trump's approval was 35 percent, which was recorded in April.

The survey, carried out among 1,361 people between May 31 and June 6, found that 68 percent thought Trump was not “level-headed.” Among Republicans, 64 percent agreed with that characterization.

Majorities of respondents said Trump does not have good leadership skills, does not care about average Americans, does not share their values, and is not honest.

Sources: Newsweek, The New York Times, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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