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Donald Trump's approval ratings crash to record low after Obamacare fiasco

Mr Trump promised several times on the campaign trail to repeal and replace the health care legislation immediately

Mythili Sampathkumar
New York
Tuesday 28 March 2017 07:58 BST
President Donald Trump's approval rating is at a historic low following a failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare
President Donald Trump's approval rating is at a historic low following a failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare (AP)

Donald Trump’s approval rating has hit a new low of 36 per cent, according to the latest polling data.

The 36 per cent approval rating in the Gallup poll has was the average for the three days, 24 to 26 March, following Mr Trump’s failure to repeal and replace the health care legislation, Obamacare.

Mr Trump's approval rating was hovering around 46 per cent in the days following his inauguration, also a historically low rating for an incoming president.

Former President Barack Obama’s lowest rating was 38 per cent, recorded twice - once in 2011 and once in 2014.

Presidential approval ratings frequently fluctuate and depend on handling of national crises, pieces of legislation being passed through Congress, and political scandals.

In light of the ratings, Twitter users have found and started replying to a Tweet by Mr Trump from 2011, in which he slammed President Obama’s fall in ratings at the time.

“@BarackObama has a record low 39% Gallup approval rating. Why so high?” he wrote in August 2011.

Gallup conducts telephone interviews of over 1,500 Americans of voting age on a daily basis to compile averages to gauge what people think of Mr Trump’s performance in office. There is a margin of error of three points.

A poll done by Quinnipiac University, conducted before the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed, shows that Mr Trump is also losing approval points in demographics he did well with in the 2016 election.

According to the poll, 52 per cent of men surveyed disapprove of Mr Trump compared to 45 per cent in the month prior.

It also stated that nearly half of those surveyed - 48 per cent - think Mr Trump is less honest than most previous presidents.

In October 2008 Republican George W. Bush reached his lowest rating of 25 per cent in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Gallup reports that all presidents whose ratings have fallen to or below 36 per cent have seen them rise later in the year, except for former President Richard Nixon.

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