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Trump’s approval rating lowest for president in six decades as he nears 100 days

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Donald Trump is not so popular these days, but don't tell him that, he won't believe it. Photo: Associated Press

Most Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, with a near historic number of respondents in Gallup’s daily tracking poll saying they disapprove.

According to the latest data, only 41 percent approve of the job President Trump is doing, with 53 percent disapproving.

That gives Trump the highest disapproval rating at this critical time in his presidency, heading into the first 100 days, than any other president at this stage in six decades, AOL reports.

President Obama’s disapproval rating was at a low 28 percent during mid April of his first term in office. Only 30 percent disapproved of George W. Bush’s performance, and a mere 19 percent disapproved of Ronald Reagan at this point in his second week in April.

Bill Clinton had the second lowest approval rating at this stage, with only 55 percent saying they approved of the job he was doing.

President Donald Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a record high as his administration grapples with failed efforts on healthcare and the travel ban, the attack on Syria costing him some support from his base, and the lingering questions on Russian ties and his unreleased taxes.

These are not the numbers Trump wishes to see as he tries to sell his first 100 days as a success and push for momentum to see the scandals recede and his policy plans push forward.

The latest McClatchy/Marist polls shows the president at a 39 percent approval rating, with 49 percent disapproving, and a new SurveyMonkey survey has his approval rating at 44 percent.

The right-leaning Rasmussen Poll has better numbers for Trump, reporting a 50 percent approval rating. Trump retweeted Matt Drudge, of Drudge Report, on Monday, boasting of the number. He has been silent on what the other polls have reported.

Last month, when news broke that Gallup had found Trump’s approval rating had sunk to 37 percent, his lowest since taking office, he tweeted his frustrations with CNN, who was merely reporting on the numbers. It appears Trump believed they were the ones who conducted the poll.

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