President Trump Sets Record For Low Presidential Approval Rating

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It’s no secret that Donald Trump isn’t the most well-liked president, despite what his says.

However, according to a recent poll (via the AP), the current president is the most unpopular in the history of modern polling.

Trump has set records for low presidential approval, including the lowest mark ever for a president in his first year. And, after seven months, he’s spent more time under 40 percent than any other first-year president.

He’s currently at 34 percent approval rating, said the report.

Normally, an early descent in the polls is tied to external forces out of a president’s control, at least partially controls. A slumping economy or other international crises are examples. But with Trump, the economy is said to be doing fine and foreign crises have been kept to a minimum.

“Most presidents begin with a honeymoon period and then go down from that, and Trump had no honeymoon,” Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport tells the AP.

Since Gallup began tracking presidential approval, just four presidents — Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush — cruised below 40 percent during their first four years. Both Bill Clinton’s and Ronald Reagan’s periods below the 40 percent mark came during their first terms, but improved.

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