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Donald Trump is historically unpopular as he reaches the 100-day mark

He is the first president since modern polling began to fall below 50 percent at this point in his presidency


Matthew Rozsa
April 27, 2017 6:40PM (UTC)

Less than two weeks after a Gallup survey discovered a 17-point drop in the number of Americans who believe President Donald Trump keeps his promises, a new poll reveals that Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president at their 100-day mark since the start of the survey.

Only 44 percent of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the presidency at this point in his administration, compared to 54 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll by CNN/ORC.  This puts him at the bottom of the list of 12 presidents (himself included). The next lowest, Bill Clinton, had a 55 percent approval rating at this point in his administration.

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Although there is a sharp partisan divide in voters' perceptions of Trump — 85 percent of Republicans approve of him, compared to only 8 percent of Democrats — there is bad news for Trump even within his own party. While 82 percent of Republicans had a lot of confidence in Trump's ability to handle the economy, that number has fallen to 72 percent now. Similarly, Trump has experienced a 13 point drop in Republicans who believe he will appoint the best people to office, a 9 point drop among Republicans who are confident in his leadership skills, a 13 point drop in Republicans who believe he can unite the country, an 8 point drop in Republicans who believe he will effectively manage the government, and a 10 point drop in Republicans who think he cares about people like themselves.

A recent Fox News Poll contains similarly inauspicious findings for the president. It puts Trump's approval rating at 45 percent, well below the marks attained by Barack Obama (62 percent) and George W. Bush (63 percent) at this point in their presidencies. Perhaps most strikingly, only 36 percent of voters say they would want to re-elect Trump, compared to 55 percent who would not — of whom 47 percent say they would "definitely" vote for someone else. Even among people who voted for Trump in 2016, only 49 percent said they would definitely vote to reelect him in 2020. By contrast, Barack Obama had 64 percent support among his own voters from 2008 at this point in his administration (his overall reelection number was 52 percent).

 

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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