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Trump lower than any other president in Gallup's polling history

Staff Writer |
Donald Trump averaged 41% job approval during his first quarter as president, 14 percentage points lower than any other president in Gallup's polling history.

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Bill Clinton had the previous low mark of 55%. The average first-quarter rating among post-World War II presidents elected to their first term is 61%, with John Kennedy's 74% the highest.

The results are based on Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 20 through April 19.

During this time, Trump's approval rating ranged from a low of 35% - in the days after Republicans' failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act - to a high of 46% shortly after his inauguration.

Gallup's latest estimate of the president's job approval rating, based on April 17-19 interviewing, is 43%.

No president before Trump had an initial approval rating below 50%. His poor debut followed his subpar ratings on other measures during the presidential campaign and his presidential transition.

In mid-February, before the end of Trump's first month, his approval rating briefly fell below 40%, earlier in his presidency than anyone before him.

In the second half of March, Trump had sub-40% job approval more consistently.

Clinton is the only other president to register sub-40% approval ratings in his first year, having done so in June 1993 - less than five months after he took office.

While Trump has yet to register majority approval, most presidents stayed above the 50% level for a full year or more after taking office.

In addition to Clinton, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan were exceptions to that pattern; both of them dipped below majority approval in November of their first year.

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