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Trump Hits Majority Disapproval In Record Time


President Donald Trump's disapproval ratings have climbed above 50 percent, making Trump the first president in modern history to have a majority of Americans disapprove of his tenure after only eight days in office.

According to the Gallup survey, 51 percent of respondents were displeased with Trump's job performance, while 42 percent said they approved. That's the fastest a president's disapproval rating rose past 50 percent since the survey began in 1953. It took George W. Bush 1,205 days to reach majority disapproval, and it took Barack Obama 936 days.

While past presidents have usually enjoyed a honeymoon period once they take office, Trump hasn't gotten one of his own. On only his second day in office, Gallup found that fewer than half of respondents approved of Trump, marking the first time a president began his tenure with less than the majority of Americans approving of his performance, according to Gallup.

Since then, Trump's disapproval ratings have climbed, while his approval ratings have dropped.

A major reason for Trump's unpopular start may be the fact that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 3 million votes, meaning the majority of Americans already disapproved of Trump despite his Electoral College win.

Trump has also signed several executive orders, some of them relating to the most controversial aspects of his presidential campaign, including the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, including refugees fleeing war-torn countries like Syria and Yemen.

On Jan. 21, the day after Trump's inauguration, a massive protest dubbed the Women's March on Washington took place in Washington, D.C. Following the immigration ban on Jan. 27, thousands of people protested at airports where immigrants were detained in response to the order.

The protests added to the confusion at airports nationwide as a result of a malfunction in Delta Airlines' computer system. The tech issue resulted in at least 150 flight cancellations, according to NBC News.

Sources: Gallup (2), NBC News / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikipedia

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