Donald Trump sets new record for lowest ever US president approval rating

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Donald Trump has set a new low record for being the most unpopular new US president in the history of polls.

The US leader scored the lowest mark ever for a president in his first year after just seven months in office.

He has spent more time under the 40 per cent approval rating than any other president in their first year.

At 34 per cent, calculated by American pollsters Gallup, President Trump’s current approval rating is worse than predecessor Barack Obama’s ever was.

Plunges in poll ratings are often linked to external forces like a slow economy or international crisis, but experts say this cannot be the case.

“Most presidents begin with a honeymoon period and then go down from that, and Trump had no honeymoon,” said Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.

Former reality TV star President Trump spent months on the campaign trail obsessing about his poll numbers and reading them to massive rally crowds while vowing that he would win.

Since he took office, the poll number recitations have stopped.

Some presidents in the past have seen their positive reviews dip below 40 per cent before recovering strongly. 

Bill Clinton, whose rating fell to 37 per cent in early June 1993 after policy stumbles, quickly gained ground. Later that same month, he climbed to 46 per cent, and ended his eight years enjoying approval from 66 per cent of the nation.


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