Trump claims his 'base is getting stronger' despite polls showing new drop in support

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Trump is the most unpopular US president in post-war history
Trump is the most unpopular US president in post-war history

Donald Trump has once again lashed out at “fake news” claiming that his support base “is getting stronger”, despite his approval ratings continuing at a historic low.

The president has lurched from crisis to crisis in the past 14 days, during what has been widely described as the worst fortnight of his controversial presidency.

His approval ratings fell to 37 per cent, according to an aggregate of polls, while his disapproval rating is at 57.2 per cent.

After 200 days, Barack Obama had an approval rating of 54 per cent, while George W Bush had an approval rating of 55 per cent. Bill Clinton was on 41 per cent.

On Twitter, Trump wrote: “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling). Look at rallies in Penn, Iowa, Ohio…….”

“Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!”


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It has been a disastrous few weeks for the president. Last week, he fired his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, after only a week in the job, which was most notable for his expletive-ridden tirade at a New Yorker reporter.

Trump, whose links to Vladimir Putin continue to be probed after his son, Donald Trump, Jr admitted meeting a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, began the week with a widely criticised, highly political speech at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree.

Trump then sacked his top aide, Reince Priebus, installing a retired Marine general, John F Kelly, in attempt to steady the ship, as he once again saw his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, fail.

At -20, Donald Trump’s net approval ratings have fallen to a historic low — with only two other presidents, Gerald Ford (-3) and Bill Clinton (-7) having reached negative figures after 200 days.

By this point, Harry S Truman had a net approval rating of +73, while Lyndon B Johnson’s was +64. Obama’s was +16.

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