In spite of solid economic gains and what many are calling a booming economy, President Donald Trump ended his first year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any sitting president at the same mark.
That’s according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent.
The persistence of Trump’s first-year blues is unprecedented for a president so early in his 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.
There are, however, a few positives the president can claim:
- Trump maintains a high approval rating among Republicans, with the most recent Quinnipiac poll showing 83% approve of the job he is doing.
- Recent polling also shows that most voters believe Trump is intelligent and a strong person.
- He enjoys positive ratings on his handling of the economy.
- More voters say he is helping rather than hurting the economy, 37 to 29 - though more credit Obama as opposed to Trump.