We know that President Trump paid close attention to his “ratings” on his TV show, “The Apprentice.” So there’s no doubt that he won’t like recent news about his “ratings” from Gallup as president. He has received substantially worse ratings for his initial months in office than any other president elected to his first term since World War II, according to Gallup.
Even the previous presidents who went on to be very unpopular with the public received higher ratings during the “honeymoon” of their first months in office. But President Trump’s average rating since Inauguration Day is just 41%; that makes him the only president in the polling history to fall short of majority approval during their first quarter. President Bill Clinton, the next lowest ranked, had an average approval rating of 55% over the same period. Both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had ratings of 63% and 58%.
The most compelling reason for such a low rating is the complete absence of support from across the party aisle. Roughly 87% of Republicans approve of the president’s performance, while just 9% of Democrats give approval. Trump has a more broad-based approval from his own party than previous presidents have averaged. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Carter actually had majority support from their opposing party. That seems unthinkable in a culture with such a “red-blue divide.” Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush even saw 30% and 32% support from their opposing parties in their first quarters elected.
Jeffrey M. Jones, of Gallup, wrote that Trump’s “unconventional style suggested his presidency would be like nothing seen before. And that has been true, but likely not in the way he or his supporters hoped ― with no honeymoon period to speak of and approval ratings far worse than any president has received this early in his tenure. On his best day, less than half of Americans, 46%, have approved of the job Trump is doing.”
Gallup surveyed over 45,000 adults between January 20th and April 19th, using live interviewers to reach both landlines and cell phones to get their results. What do you think about the president’s approval rating? What do you think about the unprecedented divide between party lines?
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