Low approval, but mixed signals sent in recent Trump polling numbers

An ABC/Washington Post poll published Sunday reveals President Trump’s approval rating approaching his first 100 days in office rests at 42 percent, the lowest for any chief executive since the end of World War II.  Those disapproving of Trump hover at 53 percent.

In contrast to Trump’s low poll numbers, previous occupants of the Oval Office have enjoyed ratings as high as 83 percent for their honeymoon period after inauguration.

Historical evidence complied from The American Presidency Project tells of an average of 65 percent approval rating after 100 days for nine former presidents dating back to President Dwight Eisenhower.  Only Mr. Eisenhower and Mr. Kennedy enjoyed popularity above 70 percent.

Range of approval ratings for every president since WWII (courtesy Washington Examiner)

Despite lagging far behind his predecessors, the president did enjoy some satisfactory news:  A majority approve of the president’s fixation on creating jobs and his foreign policy stances; Democrats are viewed by 67 percent of those polled as “out of touch” with the needs of ordinary Americans; and, across a broad demographic, Trump enjoys 73 percent approval for his efforts to keep American jobs in the U.S.

Addressing the release of the survey in typical Trump fashion, the president tweeted his view in a string of messages and revealed a fact to which most media scarcely gave cursory attention:  According to the ABC/Washington Post poll, Trump would still defeat presidential election foe Hillary Clinton if the election were held today and would likely beat Clinton in the popular vote.

“The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, similar to her two-point national vote margin. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton,” the press release read in-part.

Kennedy recovered from the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, Reagan survived an assassination attempt, Bill Clinton outlasted Travelgate, George W. Bush brushed off 9/11 and Barack Obama overcame the “Dollar Bill” Richardson mess.

President Trump’s first 100 days will pass.


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