TRUMP ENDS FIRST YEAR WITH LOWEST AVERAGE APPROVAL RATING — EVER
This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump wrapped up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.
That’s according to polling by Gallup, which shows Trump averaged just a mere 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration Jan. 20. Fifty-seven percent say they disapprove.
In an AP-NORC poll conducted late in 2017, more than half said the country is worse off since Trump became president.
Surveys show most Americans view Trump as a divisive figure and even question his fitness for office.
The persistence of Trump’s first-year blues is unprecedented for a president so early in a term. Americans usually give their new presidents the benefit of the doubt, but Trump’s “honeymoon period,” to the extent he had one, saw his approval rating only as high as 45 percent.
Since then, Trump has spent more time under 40 percent than any other first-year president.
Surveys also show Americans disapprove of Trump’s policy moves.
Healthcare has been a consistent disappointment. Seven in 10 Americans in a December AP-NORC poll said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the issue.
A Gallup Poll conducted in January found just 33 percent of Americans approved of tax bill Trump signed into law in late December.
But it may be character more than policy that’s driving negative opinions of Trump.
In a January poll by Quinnipiac University, most voters said Trump is not levelheaded, honest or even fit to serve as president.
And an AP-NORC poll conducted in December found two-thirds of Americans thought the country has become even more divided as a result of Trump’s presidency. — Associated Press reports