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President Trump's approval rating is back to an all-time low

Trump experienced a brief increase in his approval rating due to strong economic signs in January, but that's over


Matthew Rozsa
February 26, 2018 1:05PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump's approval ratings may have experienced a brief increase in January, but they fell back down to Earth in February.

A new poll by CNN/SSRS found that only 35 percent of Americans approve of Trump's performance. This includes a record low in his Republican support (80 percent approve of Trump, slightly lower than 81 percent in September), with 5 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of independents also saying they approve of Trump's presidency so far. The CNN poll also found that the American public doesn't support Trump on one of the major issues of the day right now — gun control. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed disapproved of how Trump was handling gun policy, with one-third approving of his gun policies and another 12 percent remaining undecided.

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Perhaps the most notable detail from the polls was Trump, compared to other presidents. The only three modern presidents to have an approval rating below 50 percent at this point in their presidencies were Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Each of them, however, still had approval ratings north of 40 percent. Carter and Reagan were both at 47 percent, while Obama was at 49 percent. Trump lagging all the way down at 35 percent puts him in statistically uncharted territory, even when compared to his recent predecessors.

The CNN poll offers the second bit of terrible polling news to come for Trump within the last week. On Wednesday Quinnipiac University released a poll which found that 56 percent of respondents believed Trump hadn't been loyal to his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. The poll also found that 67 percent of voters believed the president should release his tax returns, 57 percent of voters believe Trump is not fit to serve as president and 66 percent of voters believe Trump does not respect women as much as men — including 58 percent of men.

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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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