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Trump's Approval Rating Slips Below 40 Percent (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani

A poll that historically supports President Donald Trump shows his approval has dropped below 40 percent for the first time.

According to Rasmussen Reports, the July 31 daily  Presidential Tracking Poll shows only 39 percent of "Likely U.S. Voters" are happy with Trump's performance as president.

While 26 percent strongly approve of Trump, 49 percent strongly disapprove.

Trump has repeatedly praised the Rasmussen poll in the past when it reflected favorably upon him.

"The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating," he tweeted on June 18, when the polls indicated a 50 percent approval rating. "That's higher than O's #'s!"

While Trump has yet to comment on the latest Rasmussen poll, its results came in around the same time Trump spoke of his administration's popularity.

"[We're] doing very well," the president said after swearing in John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff, a July 31 White House press release notes. "We have a tremendous base. We have a tremendous group of support. The country is optimistic."

Trump also said the U.S. was experiencing economic growth and low unemployment rates.

"If you look at stock markets -- the highest it's ever been," he said. "Unemployment -- lowest in 17 years. Companies are doing tremendously well. Business spirit is the highest it's ever been according to polls -- if you look at the polls -- the highest it's ever been in the history of these polls."

News of the poll produced mixed responses.

Some weren't surprised.

"We all know he's hated by a wide margin," wrote one Daily Mail reader. "He lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. This fool is unfit to serve."

"His numbers are dropping like a stone and he was never 'popular' hence he lost the popular vote by over 3 million," wrote a second. "Get your head out of the sand - Chump is completely useless."

Others were angry the president was being held responsible for the country's problems.

"HOW can so many people blame President Trump for these problems???" wrote one commenter. "CONGRESS is the ones making the laws. (or not making them) President can not force Congress to pass or not to pass Health Care laws. All Trump is doing is trying to get America out of it's spiraling downfall of trillions of dollars of debt. Thank you President Trump, for your efforts. Damn you Congress for your failure to cooperate."

A few hinted the Rasmussen poll was inaccurate.

"Watch his rally from Ohio last week," said one. "He's as popular as ever...and growing."

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