President Donald Trump is closing out the month of March by hitting record low approval ratings two times in the same week. President job approval rating continued to slide in Gallup’s most recent daily tracking poll, falling to an abysmal 35% just 68 days into his presidency after embarrassing failure at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care act. Trump’s approval rating is down from 36% earlier this week off the heels of the GOP’s embarrassing failure at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care act — a seven-year promise that helped the GOP win both chambers of Congress and aided Trump in winning the presidency.
At the same time in his presidency , former President Obama’s approval ratings hovered in the low-60 percent range , according to Gallup, and former President George W. Bush saw approval numbers in the 50-percent range. Unlike most new presidents, Trump never saw the period of high approval ratings that typically follows inaugurations. His approval rating peaked at 46 percent just after he was sworn in. His ratings were hit particularly hard by the legislative failure of the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare on Friday. But there are several presidents who had job approval ratings lower than 36 percent at least once during their administrations, including Presidents George W. Bush’s 25 percent, George H.W. Bush’s 29 percent, Ronald Reagan’s 35 percent, Jimmy Carter’s 28 percent, Richard Nixon’s 24 percent, Lyndon Johnson’s 35 percent and Harry Truman’s 22 percent, Gallup polls show.
Nearly two-thirds , or 59% of Americans disapprove of the way he’s handling his job. Trump entered the White House with a sub-50 percent approval rating and has been falling in favor-ability ever since. President numbers have been in sharp decline throughout March – he entered the month hovering around a 43-45 percent, and has since fallen nearly 10 percentage points to 35 percent. Presidential approval ratings frequently fluctuate and depend on handling of national crises, pieces of legislation being passed through Congress, and political scandals.
Gallup’s results are based on telephone interviews with 1,500 U.S. adults. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points. Also , Gallup reports that all presidents whose ratings have fallen to or below 35 per cent have seen them rise later in the year, except for former President Richard Nixon.