Trump's approval rating hits new low with just 33% of Americans happy with his presidency

Public's view of the commander-in-chief has steadily declined in recent months

Jeremy B. White
San Francisco
Monday 30 October 2017 23:02 GMT
Donald Trump has seen his approval numbers dip
Donald Trump has seen his approval numbers dip (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's approval rating has plunged to its lowest level in his young presidency, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey found that just a third of Americans are happy with their President's performance compared to 63 per cent who are not.

Those numbers have steadily diverged over the last few months, with the gap between a disapproving majority and an approving minority steadily widening as the Trump administration churns through regular controversies without recording a significant legislative accomplishment.

Those results were as of Sunday evening - before it emerged that a special counsel investigating potential links between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives had issued three indictments.

Based on interviews with about 1,500 adults, the Gallup tracking poll has not found a majority of Americans approving of Mr Trump since the earliest days of his presidency, when he briefly enjoyed a one-percent margin. The share of Americans who approve of his performance has not risen above 40 percent since June.

Polls conducted by Gallup and others have shown a consistent partisan divide, with Democrats and independents viewing Mr Trump in a more negative light than Republicans.

An early October Gallup poll found that nearly three-quarters of Democrats opposed virtually everything Mr Trump had done, while more than half of Republicans generally supported the President.

Mr Trump’s approval rating of 33 per cent is unusual for recent presidents this early in their terms, according to past Gallup polls.

Barack Obama never dropped that low, bottoming out at 40 per cent; and while George W Bush fell all the way to 25 per cent approval at his nadir, he did not dip below 40 per cent until his second term. The closest comparison is Bill Clinton, who plummeted to 37 per cent in his first summer before rebounding.

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