A new poll from CNN and public opinion firm SSRS shows Donald Trump’s approval rating at its lowest point ever, with just 35 percent of Americans stating that they approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Notably, that includes a record low among registered Republicans (80 percent), a record low among Democrats (5 percent), and an even more important metric: His approval among Independents matches the overall score from the poll, coming in at the same 35 percent — indicating a relatively wide swing among those that would consider themselves in the political center.
The slide back down to his lowest point follows a slight bump that Trump enjoyed after his State of the Union address at the end of January. That’s a natural downward trend, but the depth of the slide among his own party and centrists is more accurately explained by the fact that his public positions, mercurial as they are, rarely match public opinion.
For example, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — tacitly disapprove of Trump’s handling of gun policy in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, with only a third actually approving of his (changing) ideas and a rightful 12 percent unsure due to the fact that he can’t quite decide what his positions are.
The analysis of this poll by website Salon pointed out a noteworthy aspect of the latest polling:
The only three modern presidents to have an approval rating below 50 percent at this point in their presidencies were Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Each of them, however, still had approval ratings north of 40 percent. Carter and Reagan were both at 47 percent, while Obama was at 49 percent. Trump lagging all the way down at 35 percent puts him in statistically uncharted territory, even when compared to his recent predecessors.”
None of this is particularly surprising, given the essentially constant stream of bad news coming out of the White House, including reports of Trump’s infidelity, shake-ups in staff over domestic abuse charges, conflicts with Olympic athletes, and a litany of other troubles plaguing the Trump administration.
And through it all, Trump continues to melt down on Twitter over the ongoing Russia investigation, which is inching ever closer to its certain-to-be-spectacular conclusion.
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