From a highly unpopular health care policy to scandals surrounding his administration’s involvement with Russia, President Trump hits lowest approval rating of any U.S. President so far
Americans have given President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any U.S. President over the past 70 years.
Criticisms abound of his health care plan, his behavior representing the U.S. on the international stage, the growing revelations of his administration’s unsavory involvement with Russian officials and his overall effectiveness as President.
36% of Americans approve of President Trump’s performance thus far, but that is still a decline of 6 points from the 100-day-mark survey. The only President to receive similar ratings was Gerald Ford at 39% in 1975.
The Russian controversy – Russia was accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections in favor of Trump – is not the least of Trump’s troubles and unfavorable perception among citizens.
Only 38% of Americans believe that Trump has made any significant progress towards the goals outlined in his campaign plan compared to a whopping 55% who believe he has not.
Two-thirds of Americans do not believe the President is capable of negotiating and interacting with other world leaders on the international stage, most particularly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The President’s ratings vary dramatically from different groups
Despite having an overall low rating, statistics reveal dramatic differences in approval from different groups – for example, conservative Republicans rate Trump at a 90% approval versus liberal Democrats rating him at 5%.
The President’s approval rating tends to be higher among men than woman (12 points higher, to be exact), and higher among seniors versus those in the 18-29 year-old category.
Evangelical white protestants and white men without a college degree also stated high approval ratings for the President – these two groups having been the fundamental base of his campaign supporters.
Comparatively, approval ratings remained low among non-white Protestants, college educated white women, Hispanics, and blacks.