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President Trump's Approval Rating Hits New Record Low

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According to a poll released by the Pew Research Center on Dec. 7, President Donald Trump's approval rating is the lowest it's been since he took office in January.

Only 32 percent of the Americans surveyed approve of Trump's performance.

But 37 percent of those who approve say they can think of things Trump has done that they've been disappointed with or unhappy with. Probed further, 26 percent were unhappy with the president's personal style, while 13 percent expressed disappointment in something related to policy.

At 63 percent, the vast majority disapprove of Trump's performance, with 84 percent of those saying they are unable to think of a single thing Trump has accomplished they're happy with.

While his approval among Democrats remains about the same, 76 percent of Republicans and those who lean conservative approve of Trump in December in comparison to the 84 percent who did in February.

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Many groups responsible for Trump's relatively high ratings in February seem to approve less of Trump now.

In February, 78 percent of white evangelical Protestants favored Trump in comparison to the 61 percent who do so now. Only 38 percent of those 50 and older approve of Trump today as opposed to the 47 percent who did in February.

Trump's approval rating was at a steady 34 percent since October, before it dropped. In February, only a month after Trump took office, 39 percent of Americans approved of Trump's performance.

But even that "high" rating was a historical low.

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In July 2017, 39 percent of Americans continued to approve of Trump, making him the least popular president at the six-month mark.

"Trump’s early-term unpopularity is unusual," Harry Enten for FiveThirtyEight explains. "In the decades since World War II, the average first-term president before Trump had an approval rating of 62 percent on his 175th day in office."

It's likely the Russia probes did little to bolster Trump's approval ratings in the December poll.

Pew noted the survey was taken when "Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying about contacts with Russian officials during the presidential transition."

The poll found 59 percent of Americans think improper contact between senior Trump officials and Russia during the campaign "definitely or probably occurred." Of those who think there was improper contact during the campaign, 82 percent are Democrats or those who lean liberal.

But 30 percent think the contacts "definitely or probably did not happen," while another 30 percent believe they definitely did.

Sources: Pew Research CenterFiveThirtyEight / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ali Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons, Kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons

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