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Trump Approval Rating Stabilizes At Low Point

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President Donald Trump's approval rating has stabilized at its lowest point to date since he came to office.

Gallup reported Aug. 30 that its daily tracker had placed Trump's job approval at between 34 percent and 35 percent since Aug. 20.

Trump's approval during the week of Aug. 21 to 27 averaged 35 percent, the lowest for any week since he became president.

When Trump entered the White House, his approval ratings were in the mid-40s. Gallup noted that Trump's ratings have been below 40 percent at some point in every month since February.

The last time Trump secured 40 percent approval was on July 11.

Although previous presidents have experienced lower approval ratings at stages during their presidencies, no previous president’s approval rating has been as low as Trump’s this early in an administration.

George W. Bush's approval fell to 25 percent in October 2008 in the midst of the global financial crisis that hit near the end of his second term.

Trump's full-term approval average has also fallen below 40 percent for the first time, to 39 percent. No other president has had a full-term approval rating of less than 45 percent, which was obtained by President Truman.

Only Bill Clinton (49 percent), Ronald Reagan (57 percent) and Barack Obama (57 percent) averaged less than 60 percent approval during their first year in office.

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Gallup noted that Trump's response to racially charged Aug. 12 protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, appeared to reduce his approval. The president is seeking to win back support by moving on to new issues, such as tax reform.

In a speech Aug. 30, Trump portrayed his tax reform plan as a way to help middle- and low-income earners.

"We're here today to launch our plans to bring back Main Street by reducing the crumbling burden on our companies and on our workers," Trump stated, according to CNN. "The foundation of our job creation agenda is to fundamentally reform our tax code for the first time in more than 30 years."

Details still need to be worked out, but Trump indicated they would include simplifying the tax code, providing tax relief for the middle class, and returning offshore profits to the country.

An agreement is yet to be struck between Trump and congressional Republicans. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin has said he hopes to complete the changes by the end of the year.

"Under this plan, the richest Americans would become even richer at the expense of middle-class families," Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez said. "Democrats believe that not one penny of tax cuts should go to the 1%. Instead of trying to benefit themselves, Trump and Republicans should work with Democrats to enact real, bipartisan tax reform for the middle class."

Sources: Gallup, CNN / Featured Image: The White House/Facebook via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: White House/Facebook via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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