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Nearing 100 Days, Trump Approval Behind Predecessors

| by Lauren Briggs

As President Donald Trump approaches the 100th day in office, his approval ratings remain historically low, a new poll found.

According to the CBS News survey, only 41 percent of those surveyed said Trump is doing a good job as president, while 53 percent disapproved. An additional 6 percent did not know or had no answer.

The results are largely split along party lines, indicating an ideological rift between the two parties partially accounts for the low ratings, while Trump's Republican base largely approves of him. Only 10 percent of Democrats said that they approve of Trump, while 83 percent of GOP voters said the same.

Typically, at least one-third of the opposing party approves of the president around this time, notes WLS.

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"His supporters are still entirely with him in our polling and in other polling you see that across the board," Anthony Salvanto, CBS News elections director, told WJZ. "In fact many of them have told us this is what I voted for. They think he's changing Washington. They like the approach."

Indeed, 96 percent of those who said that they voted for Trump gave the president positive review and said they made the right choice in voting for him.

"He's doing a great job," one Trump voter said.

The president's scores are below those from the last five presidential administrations, including the 49 percent approval rating that President Bill Clinton received.

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However, many Americans suggested that they are still open-minded about Trump's presidency and would like to wait longer to see his next few moves.

When asked if the 100-day marker is enough time to develop an opinion on a president, 62 percent said that it was not.

Although the president has echoed a similar sentiment about the 100-day milestone, White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated the measure of time was long enough to give Trump a successful review.

"When you think about what he's started ... he'll move forward on tax reform, health care, on immigration, on trade, it's been a hugely successful first 100 days," Spicer said on April 24, according to the Washington Examiner.

Spicer said Trump has been able to accomplish an "unbelievable" amount when it comes to creating and reforming immigration and trade.

"You can cherry pick any couple of things, and say OK, well what about this or that," he said. "But I think when you look at it overall, in terms of the drop in border crossings, if you look at consumer confidence, and the relationships that we've developed around the globe, and the accomplishments this president has had on protecting the country and bringing back jobs ... those have been unbelievably significant."

Sources: CBS News via Scribd, WLS, Washington Examiner / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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