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Trump's Historically Low Approval Rating Falls Even More

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President Donald Trump's historically low poll numbers continue to fall, according to a new Gallup poll.

Only 40 percent approve of Trump's job performance, the lowest point he has reached since assuming office on Jan. 20. And 55 percent of poll respondents disapprove of Trump's job performance, the highest point of his presidency so far.

And according to CNN, the negative 15-point difference is also the highest of Trump's young presidency.

Such poor approval ratings this early in a presidency are abnormal because most presidents have a certain honeymoon period after winning the presidential election.

But Trump lost the popular vote by more than 3 million votes and was behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in most national polls during the election. With those barriers, along with the constant controversy out of the Trump White House, including the travel ban that was struck down in federal court and divisive cabinet appointees like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump has had a difficult time getting ahead in national job approval ratings.

If Trump's poor numbers continue, that might create an opening for Democrats to make gains in Congress in 2018. FiveThirtyEight points out that, historically, the party in the White House usually loses seats in its first midterm election. And if Trump's approval ratings continue to be as low as they are now, Republican losses could be big in 2018.

In 1994, former President Bill Clinton's job approval ratings fluctuated between 40 and 48 percent, which is higher than Trump's current numbers.

But BIll suffered the biggest midterm loss for a president's first term since former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first term in 1931, according to the American Presidency Project, with a net loss of 52 House seats and eight Senate seats. 

Sources: CNN, FiveThirtyEight, American Presidency Project / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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