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Thursday, January 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's approval rating has ping-ponged between a low of 35% and a high of 45% during his first year in office -- the worst record of any of the most recent seven presidents, according to Gallup. Trump has incorrectly claimed that he has matched Obama's approval rating at the same point in his predecessor's presidency. But our analysis of Gallup approval ratings for the first 365 days of every presidency back to Jimmy Carter indicates that Trump is almost always at the back of the pack in the race for support from fellow Americans. Press "play" on the graph below or click the timeline at any point to see exactly how Trump's approval rating stacks up.

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Gallup -- 1st Year Approval Rating: Kennedy 76%, Eisenhower 69%, W Bush 68%, HW Bush 66%, Carter 62%, Nixon 61%, Obama 57%, Reagan 57%, Clinton 49%, Trump 39%. Trump's approval rating in 1st year is 18 points lower than Obama's and the worst in modern American history.

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I dont think any Future or current American President cant out do the clusterf*ck that Carter was.

He will be and always will be the worst President of all American history.

#1 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-18 07:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#1 | Posted by boaz

Your clueless stupidity is humorous.

#2 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-01-18 08:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

"He will be and always will be the worst President of all American history."

Worse than the man who made a deal with the Iranian Ayatollah to hold Amderican hostages until after the election for political advantage? In other words, committed treason. Your evaluation of Presidents is sort of sick. But I do know how you maintain your belief system, you just ignore any facts that contradict your imaginary vision of America. It's actually a form of mental illness.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-18 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

W was far worse than Carter. He ------ the economy, the middle class and the middle east all at the same time.

Sadly, tRump has surpassed W in just one year.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-18 10:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

So, we measure a president based upon approval rating now?

Truman's approval rating was terrible, but in reality he was a damn fine president.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-18 10:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Are you claiming Trump is a Truman in the rough?

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-18 11:19 AM | Reply

No. My point it's stupid to measure the effectiveness of POTUS by approval ratings. Also, to proclaim, as this headline does, that a POTUS is the worst ever when his first year in office isn't even over yet? Absurd.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-18 11:22 AM | Reply

Why? Because it doesn't make Reagan look good enough and it points out how repulsive Trump is?

Also, there isn't a claim of it measuring the efficacy of a POTUS. It is what it is, a measurement of their popularity and public sentiment.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-18 11:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I was responding to the headline of this thread.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-18 11:48 AM | Reply

It's changed now, so meh.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-18 11:55 AM | Reply

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Nobody likes Trump as much as they liked Obama:

Just 30 percent of people interviewed in 134 countries last year approved of American leadership under Mr. Trump, a drop of nearly 20 percentage points since President Barack Obama's final year and the lowest finding since the Gallup polling organization began asking the question overseas more than a decade ago. The decline was especially steep in Latin America, Europe and Canada.

www.nytimes.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 12:00 PM | Reply

"Also, to proclaim, as this headline does, that a POTUS is the worst ever when his first year in office isn't even over yet?" - #7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-18 11:22 AM

Are you expecting a massive shift in the next 48 hours?

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-18 12:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Jeff,
You are a smart guy, and many times, over the years, a good read, but your inclination to cherry pick a technicality, or a word you feel is only 85% appropriate and argue the detail, to the exclusion of the heart of the issue, often makes you appear to be as intentionally obtuse as Avigduhre.

There is a main theme to the the threads here, which is the substance and meat of the conversation. Too often, you go out of your way to ignore the substance of a thread to go all Don Quixote and ignore the substantial truth of a thread, and you proceed to argue semantics or technicalities. This repeated behavior diminishes you and your responses.

Admitting here, that Trump has indeed, distinguished himself as monumentally poorly equipped for the office he holds, and acknowledging the fact that more Americans disapprove of his performance than approve his performance, and letting it go, would go a long way to build your credibility.

Feel free to deny this if it floats your boat, but lots of folks here would agree this assessment.

You're welcome.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-18 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Are you expecting a massive shift in the next 48 hours?"

There is some chance of his numbers approving (not massively) if he signs a decent DACA bill, but not if we go onto a government shutdown. Trump may think there is such a thing as a "good" shutdown, but there isn't.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So, we measure a president based upon approval rating now?
Truman's approval rating was terrible, but in reality he was a damn fine president.

#5 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Until you brought it up, everyone was talking about why his approval rating deserved to be so low...

Maybe his approval rating is an accurate reflection of his first year?

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-18 12:28 PM | Reply

"Truman's approval rating was terrible, but in reality he was a damn fine president."

speaking of absurd

who babbles about a president they never knew in their lifetime

#16 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-01-18 01:22 PM | Reply

With a negative press actively working against him I'm surprised it's not 40%.

#17 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-18 01:39 PM | Reply

"With a negative press actively working against him..." - #17 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-18 01:39 PM

Well, now, there's your problem: Regardless of your view of the press, the fourth estate should be neither working against nor for a president.

Maybe you need to take up your issue with Fox News.

#18 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-18 01:42 PM | Reply

With a negative press actively working against him I'm surprised it's not 40%.

#17 | POSTED BY MSGT

Damn that "MSM" and their facts! We should all just listen to Trump's Twitter and Fox's "Alternative Facts" and everything would be fine!

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-18 02:32 PM | Reply

I used to pseudo-scientifically assume that 28% of the voting public would support a Republican no matter what, but it appears that this number is a little bit higher. The approval rating carries much less weight, IMO, than the disapproval rating. As a measure, I imagine that approval is tepid for a lot of the tribe that falls into the "He could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose my vote" crowd, but the disapproval is off the charts...on a scale from unspeakable hatred to mild disgust.

It is also my opinion that the people who disapprove of him (the majority of voters, which also happens to represent the election results) do so as more informed than his supporters. Sure, there's a tribal bit in there, but not all of the ~60% of people who disapprove of the guy are hysterical haters who can't make informed decisions. That more aptly describes anyone who still supports him.

#20 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-01-18 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

With a negative press actively working against him I'm surprised it's not 40%.

#17 | POSTED BY MSGT

Yawn.

You have to be in the bag for the GOP, ie Faux "News", to actively spin Trump's actions in a favorable light.

There's no active process by which he's made out to be a horrible, vile person who's completely incompetent and inept when it comes to the office of POTUS.

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-18 11:42 PM | Reply

#20 - Well said, Chuffy. If the economy continues its momentum, I think some of that disapproval will soften. We all want the economy to do well. But Trump is such an obnoxious buffoon as a human that he can't stop shooting himself -- and the nation -- in the foot with actions that put his personal insecurities and low self-esteem on full display. I have said many times we can all debate his "policies" (I have to use quote marks because he seems to have no driving political philosophy, only self-interest), but I will never give him a passing grade because he is so vile. He seems to enjoy watching people suffer.

Let me put this another way. His personality matters because his unquenchable addiction to self-gratification and vengeance puts the nation at risk, both domestically and internationally.

#22 | Posted by cbob at 2018-01-19 09:37 AM | Reply

I dont think any Future or current American President cant out do the clusterf*ck that Carter was.
He will be and always will be the worst President of all American history.

#1 | POSTED BY BOAZO the Russian Clown

-- -- -- --

I can name 4 that are worse AFTER Carter, and they all had (R) after their name.
All traitors to this country!

#23 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-19 07:43 PM | Reply

FFS Carter has been slimed by the GOP for three decades now and its silly to the point Reagan himself said Republicans were being cruel and unfair to Carter.

#24 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-19 08:03 PM | Reply

Obama was already kicking a__ by now.

The GOP wants us to wait a couple more years for Trump to understand how to do his job.

The horrifying irony is they accused Obama of not being ready for his job on day one and continued to make this claim for eight years before supporting a jerk who clearly isn't ready and never will be,

#25 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-19 08:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

FFS Carter has been slimed by the GOP for three decades now...

Well he sold the presidential yacht and didn't start any wars, so he was pretty much evil.

#26 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-19 08:11 PM | Reply

@REDIAL

Oh Carter did worse.

He prevented WWIII starting in the holy land,
put solar panels on the white house roof,
and showed people how to reduce their cost of living through example rather than live beyond his station in the white house like a combination of a pimp and a drug lord.

#27 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-19 08:16 PM | Reply

"Carter has been slimed by the GOP for three decades now"

Your typical GOP voter thinks they're entitled to the middle class because their grandfather fought in WWII.
That's how deep the sense of entitlement goes.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-19 08:18 PM | Reply

Oh Carter did worse.

That's true... the Naval officer and nuclear engineer part probably really lights Boaz up.

#29 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-19 08:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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