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Trump Approval Rating Remains Near Historic Low

| by Lauren Briggs

President Donald Trump's approval ratings remain consistent at a historic low, a new poll found.

Gallup's daily tracker of public opinion on the president's job performance found that his approval has settled into the lower 40s, hitting 42 percent May 7, while 53 percent expressed disapproval on the same day.

Those numbers fall snugly into FiveThirtyEight's May 8 average compiled from multiple polls, which found that approximately 42.2 percent approved of the president and 52.1 disapproved. Those figures have remained relatively unchanged since mid-March.

Trump broke records with the lowest measured performance ratings in his first 100 days in the White House, although going into the next period of his presidency, he has a new low score to beat: former President Gerald Ford's 34.8 approval score during his second 100 days, which eclipse even former President Bill Clinton's 36.8 percent approval that he received during the same period of his administration. 

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Though Trump's low scores have not changed much in May, it might be tough for him to plummet lower. According to a poll from Investor's Business Daily and TIPP, the president's score is gradually increasing, and a number of upcoming policy issues are popular among voters.

That monthly poll found that Trump's approval jumped from 39 percent in April to 42 percent in May, showing the first ever month-to-month ratings boost since his Jan. 20 inauguration.

"The president's recent achievements in foreign affairs have bolstered Americans' view of President Trump as a strong leader," said Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence and the director of the poll, according to IBD. "For instance, the air strike against the Syrian air base, along with Trump's handling of the situation with North Korea, have created within the public a renewed and positive sense of American leadership in the world. Also, Americans are encouraged by a number of Trump's domestic initiatives, such as his tax reform plan, his focus on job creation and the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court."

Indeed, 55 percent of respondents expressed support for the president's plan to slash corporate tax rates by 20 percent, while a majority approved of his plans to eliminate four of the seven tax brackets (58 percent support this), double the standard deduction (66 percent support this) and get rid of the estate tax (54 percent support this).

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A 54 percent majority approved of the way Trump is approaching North Korea, while 65 percent said that they would support military retaliation against the Asian nation if it presents "a growing threat."

However, not all of Trump's upcoming policy issues are supported by most Americans. Only 41 percent of respondents said that it is important to fund a wall separating the U.S.-Mexico border, while a full 76 percent support the Affordable Care Act's ban on charging people with pre-existing conditions more money than those who have no recorded health problems.

Sources: Gallup, FiveThirtyEight, Investor's Business Daily / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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