According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, President Trump’s approval rating sits at a mere 32 percent among American adults.
This percentage is a historic low for any U.S. president. Since the beginning of his presidency the expectations of Trump have dropped. Approximately 61 percent of Americans felt that he would do well with the economy, but since then that number has dropped nearly 20 percent.
Due to this drop in approval, many Americans have little hope for what President Trump will do for the country. The majority of those who were polled believe that there has been little or nothing accomplished during the first of four years of his presidency, and that many of the promises made during the campaign have been broken.
“Everything has stalled out,” said a GOP-leaning Wisconsin independent who voted for Trump.
Being the least popular first-year president in modern history has led to only 30 percent of Americans feeling that the U.S. is heading the in the right direction under Trump’s leadership. A full 45 percent of the survey’s respondents said Trump has “not kept his promises”, while another 30 percent say he’s “tried but failed” to do so.
This is an unsurprising number when all things are considered; from a continued unproductive Congress to Trump’s unprofessional usage of Twitter, that number is bound to drop even further in the near-future if major legislation beyond an unpopular tax bill is not passed.
Compared to former President Obama’s approval ratings during this point in his presidency, Donald Trump sits nearly 20 points lower.
Obama had an approval rating of 56 percent, with only 36 percent disapproving in 2009 — nearly the polar opposite of President Trump’s ratings, which are 37 percent approval and 57 percent disapproval according to RealClearPolitics’ average of the latest polls.
Editor’s note: This article has been corrected as to Trump’s average approval rating.
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