Mar 20, 2017
Gallup has released the latest numbers from its tracking poll of President Donald Trump's approval ratings, and things (again) don't look good for the president.
Only 37 percent of respondents approve of Trump, an historic low for the poll. A whopping 58 percent disapprove of his actions in office so far.
Last month, Trump's approval rating in the Gallup poll was 42 percent--which was also a record low for the poll at the time.
The plummeting approval ratings come as Trump faces a firestorm of criticism on multiple fronts. Many Americans, including Trump voters, are reacting with dismay to his "morally obscene" budget that seeks to slash funding to a myriad of public agencies--from Meals on Wheels to PBS--while boosting the military's budget by $60 billion; the White House is also grappling with criticism from all sides for the GOP's proposed Obamacare replacement. The president's second attempt at a Muslim ban was defeated in not one but two separate courts, and he has also still failed to provide any evidence for his incendiary claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones.
On Monday, meanwhile, FBI director James Comey and National Security Agency (NSA) director Mike Rogers will testify before the House Intelligence Committee regarding allegations that Russian officials colluded with members of Trump's presidential campaign, and the intelligence heads will also answer questions about Trump's unsubstantiated wiretap claims. The hearing is not expected to go well for Trump.
Trump was apparently upset by his tanking approval rating, and reacted to CNN's report on the poll by claiming on Twitter that he has "[m]uch higher ratings at Fox." But a Fox News poll last week also showed Trump's approval rating dropping precipitously. At the same time, Fox discovered rising approval for progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as well as Planned Parenthood, which TrumpCare would defund.
Trump was one of the most unpopular presidential candidates in U.S. history, and in his short time in office his approval ratings have only slid downward. Other recent polls have found that most young Americans consider Trump an "illegitimate" president, and a majority of Americans also support impeaching him.
Gallup's daily tracking poll is based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 people nationally. Its margin of error is 3 percentage points.
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