Donald Trump's net approval rating sinks to -27% in latest Gallup poll

Marsha Scott
August 16, 2017

Since Gallup began presidential approval polls in 1945, six presidents have seen as low or lower approval ratings than Trump during their overall time in office: Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy C arter, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Other recent surveys show Trump with a slightly higher approval rating.

Although he has the lowest rating in Gallup's history for any newly elected president in the summer of his first term in office, Trump's current 34% remains higher than the low points reached by a number of presidents during their administrations.

Gallup surveyed 1,500 Americans over the phone and the poll has a 3% margin of error.

The numbers released Monday would include Friday through Sunday, by which point most people presumably would have been aware of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and possibly Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacism.

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Also last week, Trump warned North Korea with "fire and fury" about not to make any more threats against the United States while taking a working vacation at one of his golf properties in New Jersey.

Almost half (49 percent) see it as a good thing if Trump's behavior makes career politicians in Washington feel uncomfortable, while 39 percent say this is a bad thing. The billionaire's previous low was 35 percent approval on March 28.

Compared to a year ago, former President Barack Obama had a 52% approval rating and a 44% disapproval rating from August 8 to August 14, according to Gallup.

Trump's highest three-day reading to date has been 46%, recorded most recently on January 23-25, shortly after his January 20 inauguration.

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