President Donald Trump’s latest approval ratings spell trouble for his already embattled White House, suffering from near daily leaks and a storm of Russian controversy that continues to consume Washington and the 24-hour national news cycle.
Trump set a new record low for a second-quarter presidential job approval rating in the history of modern polling, falling below any of his predecessors’ with an average 38.8 percent of the public’s approval between April 20 and July 19, a Gallup poll published Friday revealed. That number is below his first-quarter 41.3 percent average and far below the historical average second-quarter rating of 62 percent.
He’s now officially the least popular new president in American history, with only a number of other previous commanders in chief facing such low quarterly approval ratings throughout their entire tenures in the Oval Office: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.
Trump’s continued decline in popularity so early on into his presidency could soon jeopardize the insurgent, conservative agenda he promised his base throughout the 2016 presidential election: building a wall, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, vastly increasing immigrant detention and deportations by the millions.
Since entering the White House, the president enjoyed a Republican-controlled House and Senate seemingly willing help him realize his broad goal of making America great again. But his full-throttle support of the GOP’s health care bill and working with Republican senators wasn’t enough to get the legislation passed. He’s also failed to convince the Senate to outright repeal Obamacare without an alternative.
More obstacles are going to come Trump’s way as he pushes for the policies and promises that brought him to the White House. If he’s unable to win back a decent portion of public support and his Republican constituents continue to express their disapproval, slowly eroding his base, lawmakers will likely no longer be so keen to work with him.
There is hope for the president: Bill Clinton entered his first quarter in the White House suffering historically low approval ratings at the time, but he became more popular across the country as he began to implement his own agenda.
"I never expected that I could take on some of these interests that I've taken on without being attacked," he said about his approval ratings at the time. "And whenever you try to change things, there are always people there ready to point out the pain of change without the promise of it, and that's just all part of it. If I worried about the poll ratings, I'd never get anything done here."
Trump has repeatedly expressed disdain over his approval ratings, tweeting right-wing polls showing his popularity at a considerably higher percentage than the majority of national polls and surveys.
"The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!" Trump tweeted Saturday.
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