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Polling: Trump Approval Rating Marks A Historic Low

| by Robert Fowler
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After eight months in office, President Donald Trump has a lower average approval rating than any of his predecessors stretching back to 1945.

Sept. 18 marked Trump's 242nd day as president, accounting for two-thirds of his first year in office. Polling website FiveThirtyEight, after aggregating five national surveys released between Sept. 14 and Sept. 17, found that Trump had an average approval rating of 39 percent and an average disapproval rating of 55 percent.

With an average net-negative approval rating of 16 percentage points, Trump has broken a dubious record. No president since 1945 has had a lower average approval rating than Trump at this point in the presidency.

In September 2009, former President Barack Obama had an average net-positive approval rating of 13 percentage points. A week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former President George W. Bush had an average approval of a whopping net-positive 73 percentage points.

In September 1974, former President Gerald R. Ford, the previous record-holder for lowest average approval for a commander in chief after eight months in office, had a net approval rating of positive 1.5 percentage points.

Trump did enjoy a net-positive approval rating at the beginning of his term. On Jan. 23, FiveThirtyEight found that Trump had an average approval rating of 45.5 percent and an average disapproval of 41 percent. The president's favorability rating has grown increasingly polarized ever since.

On Sept. 18, a survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that 44 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance while 55 percent disapproved. Of respondents, 26 percent strongly approved of Trump while 46 percent strongly disapproved. Rasmussen's results marked the most positive polling data for the president since Sept. 14.

On Sept. 6, a survey conducted by the bipartisan Democracy Fund Voter Study Group found that 88 percent of self-identified Trump voters approved of the president's job performance. Among respondents who had also voted for Obama in 2012, 70 percent approved of Trump's performance, Politico reports.

Of those who voted for both Obama and Trump, 16 percent said they regretted the choice they made in the 2016 election. Meanwhile, 6 percent of overall Trump voters said they regretted voting for him.

On Aug. 31, a Fox News poll found that 81 percent of registered voters believed Trump was candid while only 25 percent said he behaved in a presidential manner. In other poll findings, 35 percent of respondents said the president was competent and a strong leader, while 44 percent believed he was unstable and 53 percent described him as a "bully."

Sources: FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, PoliticoRasmussen Reports / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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