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How Disliked Is President Donald Trump?

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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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  1. Tom Willard

    January 11, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    You missed President Carter, who according to your graph had a 28% approval rating, and again courtesy to a major event, presumably the Iran hostage crisis. I would submit that President Trump is much more concerned about effectiveness than popularity, whatever his character flaws, real or perceived, May be. Were polls an American phenomenon in the 1860s, President Lincoln, I daresay, would hold the ultimate position as the lowest ranked. It is an unfortunate byproduct of leadership.

  2. T Peterson

    January 11, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    The now perfected, right-wing misinformation/propaganda media machine did not exist for other presidents beside Trump and Obama. I believe if a certain segment of the American population were not relying solely on that machine and instead hearing some truths now and then Trump’s number would be considerably lower.

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