President Trump's dismal public approval rating enters new, uncharted territory
December 19, 2017
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CNN poll: Donald Trump huits new low in public approval rating.
(NATIONAL) -- Just how disgusted is the majority of the American people with the short one-year tenure of billionaire Donald Trump as US President?
Captain Hairspray's approval rating sank to a new low in CNN polling today. Just 35% of Americans approve of the way he's handling his job -- a whopping 10-point drop from the 45% approval rating that Trump had in March, shortly after taking office.
As CNN put it, "It marks the worst approval rating in a December of any elected president's first year in the White House by a wide margin — and only the second time since the dawn of modern polling that a president's approval rating sank under 50% at this point."
And who disapproves of Trump's handling of the important role he appears, on a consistent basis, totally unqualified for? A stunning 59% of Americans said they disapprove of how Trump is handling his gig as angry Twitter-in-Chief and cuddly bro pal of Russian leader Vladimir Putin who (curiously) can do no wrong in Trump's eyes -- unlike a number of American patriots including U.S. war heroes (Trump avoided military service) that The Donald has denigrated both on the campaign trail and in the White House.
By polling numbers comparison, Republican President George W. Bush ended his first calendar year at 86% approval, Democrat John F. Kennedy hit 77% and Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush reached 71% and Dwight Eisenhower hit 69%.
Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all finished their first calendar year with approval ratings in the mid-to-high 50s, according to CNN.
Even Ronald Reagan, who previously held the worst approval rating in December of a first year in the White House was able to finish his first calendar year at 49% approval rating.
Broken down by party, Republicans still think Trump is just swell: 85% think he's doing a peachy job. Among Democrats just 4% think that and only 33% of independents think it.
The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS December 14-17 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.
Tump's performance in office (or lack thereof) has even created Needtoimpeach.com , a nationwide effort to gather enough signatures to Pressure Congress to impeach Mr. Trump.
And so it goes.