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Trump's Approval Rating Now Lower Than Obama's Worst

| by Ray Brown

Only a little more than two months into his presidency, President Donald Trump's approval ratings have fallen lower than former President Barack Obama's worst ratings over two terms.

Trump's job approval rating is currently at 36 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll, released March 27. That's 2 points lower than Obama's worst ratings of 38 percent, which occurred in 2011 and 2014.

Even former President Bill Clinton, who presided over a rehashed Whitewater scandal and was impeached for lying under oath regarding his sexual affairs with a White House intern only fell as low as 37 percent, according to Vox.

But Trump can find consolation in the fact that other presidents have fell even lower than his 36 percent job approval rating.

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Former President George W. Bush, who presided over the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2008 recession, once hit 25 percent; his father, George H.W. Bush fell as low as 29 percent; and Ronald Reagan, often looked back on as one of the most popular presidents in recent history, fell to about as low as to where Trump sits now: 35 percent.

Other low job approval ratings saw President Jimmy Carter fall to 28 percent, Richard Nixon at 24 percent, and Lyndon B. Johnson at 35 percent.

The lowest job approval rating since Gallup began conducting the poll belongs to President Harry Truman, who fell to 22 percent.

Trump's low numbers may be the result of being under assault by Democrats who allege their party's former presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost to Trump because of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee email system and releasing documents about the party's operations.

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Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with the Russian government and has derided the story as "fake news."

But Trump's already low numbers took another beating by his own party's failure to coalesce around a health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, which was a campaign promise by Trump and other Republicans during the 2016 elections.

Trump told his 27 million followers on Twitter that he remains optimistic about replacing the ACA in the near future.

"The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After so many bad years they were ready for a win!" Trump tweeted. "The Democrats will make a deal with me on healthcare as soon as ObamaCare folds - not long. Do not worry, we are in very good shape!"

Sources: Vox, Gallup, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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