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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

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