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Poll: Trump Disapproval Rating Breaks A Record

| by Robert Fowler

New polling indicates that President Donald Trump has hit a level of disapproval that took his predecessors nearly a full term to reach.

On June 12, the Gallup daily tracking poll found that only 36 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 60 percent disapproved.

The polling found that Trump had a net negative approval of 24 percentage points, tying with the previous nadir of approval for his young presidency. On March 28, Gallup found that 35 percent of Americans approved of Trump's job performance, while 59 percent disapproved.

The president's 60 percent disapproval rating marked a new milestone; history professor Kevin Kruse of Princeton University noted on social media that Trump reached this degree of disapproval faster than any president, the Daily Kos reports.

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Gallup has been polling presidential job approval since 1945. Since then, the only presidents to ever reach 60 percent disapproval rating were Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Truman reached 60 percent disapproval 2,129 days into his presidency. Nixon met that threshold 1,736 days into his presidency. It took H.W. Bush 1,290 days to hit the undesired milestone. Finally, W. Bush reached a 60 percent disapproval rating 1,758 days into his occupancy of the White House.

Meanwhile, June 12 brought Trump 143 days into his presidency, 1,147 days less than it took H.W. Bush to break the previous record for shortest time to garner a 60 percent disapproval rating.

Trump also had the dubious honor of reaching a majority disapproval rating faster than any of his predecessors.

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On Jan. 28, Gallup found that 51 percent of national adults disapproved of the president's job performance. By comparison, the previous record-holder was former President Bill Clinton, who took only 152 days to reach that level of disapproval, according to the Boston Globe.

Aggregating the last eight national surveys released between May 23 and June 13, RealClearPolitics found that Trump currently has an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval of 55 percent.

Trump's approval in the Gallup daily tracking poll noticeably suffered following former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey asserted that Trump was a liar during the hearing, and the president subsequently accused Comey of committing perjury during his account.

On June 14, a Politico/Morning Consult survey found that 45 percent of registered voters were more inclined to trust Comey, while 32 percent said they had more trust in Trump, according to Politico.

Sources: Boston Globe, Daily Kos, Politico, RealClearPolitics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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