Published: Wed, January 25, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump gets historic low approval during first days in office

Trump gets historic low approval during first days in office

Barack Obama ended his eight years in the White House as one of the most popular presidents since polling began recording favorability ratings.

President Donald Trump likes to set records but his low inaugural approval rating might be one record Trump will want to forget. 37 percent were more hopeful following President Obama's 2013 inauguration, compared to 27 percent who were less hopeful and another 30 percent who said it made no difference. Trump's net favorability rating has seen some improvement, as it rose from a -13-percentage point in Gallup's first poll after the election, to a current zero.

The current conditions score for the week ending January 22 was +12, based on 33 percent of Americans rating the economy as "excellent" or "good", and 21% rating it as "poor". On November 7, one day before he won the presidency by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College despite losing to Clinton in the overall popular vote by a decisive merging of almost 2.9 million votes, Trump's unfavorable rating stood at a whopping 57.2 percent, with only 39.4 percent holding positive view of Trump.

By contrast, President Obama had a 68 percent approval rating for his first days in office. He is followed by Dwight Eisenhower (65.0 percent), George H.W. Bush (60.9 percent), Bill Clinton (55.1 percent), Lyndon Johnson (55.1 percent), Ronald Reagan (52.8 percent), George W. Bush (49.4 percent), Barack Obama (47.9 percent), Gerald Ford (47.2 percent), Jimmy Carter (45.5 percent) and Harry Truman (45.4 percent).

Only 45% of Americans approve of Trump's job performance over the first three days of his presidency, according to a Gallup survey released Monday. His Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election race, Hillary Clinton, also had high unfavorable ratings. Fifty-Seven percent of Americans approved of George W. Bush while 25 percent disapproved.

An overwhelming majority of Republicans (90%) approved of Trump, while a large majority of Democrats (81%) disapproved. Forty percent of Independents give thumbs-up to Trump, while 44 percent disapprove of the job he is doing.

"Of particular interest given the women's marches on Saturday, women tilt against Trump, although not heavily", Gallup reported.

Like this: