President Trump’s approval ratings hit a trough last October when they fell to just 33% in favour of his performance in the White House. Although his ratings have improved recently, that October nadir puts him not that low considering the lowest approvals received by the last 11 presidents. In fact, as the above chart shows, only the two Bushes and President Nixon had lower approval ratings than Trump. To an extent, this is expected; both Bushes fought unpopular wars in Iraq, while Nixon was famously impeached after the Watergate scandal. Interestingly, President Lyndon Johnson, whose presidency was marked both by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement, comes in just ahead of Trump with 34%. Overall, these previous presidents owe their low approval ratings to some significant event. Trump, on the other hand, so far seems to owe his low approval rating to just being himself. That being said, Trump doubters claim that he would not see out 2017 in the White House and yet there he continues to reside.
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