US POLITICS

Trump’s Disapproval Rating Hits A New High On Gallup

Trump's popularity is still falling, and he only has himself to blame

US POLITICS
REUTERS
Mar 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM ET

President Trump’s low has hit a new high.

Trump’s weekly Gallup approval rating took another hit after another week of bad news, from the Congressional Budget Office report that Republicans’ health care plan would result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance to a partial budget proposal that cut funding to Meals on Wheels among many other programs and agencies.

Gallup’s Presidential Job Approval Center, which has tracked approval rates for every president since Harry Truman, shows another dip in approval for the new president, going down to 40 percent. That’s tied with his previous low from mid-February, and 3 percentage points lower that the tiny bump he enjoyed after a joint address that was considered by many on both sides of the aisle to be “presidential,” as Trump read from and mostly followed what was on his teleprompter rather than talking off the top of his head.

His disapproval rating took an even bigger hit, increasing to 55 percent. That’s 3 percentage points higher than the previous week and a new high for Trump overall. While other presidents have had even higher disapproval ratings (George W. Bush hit 71 percent, for instance), none managed to do so this early in their presidencies.

While these numbers aren’t great, Trump’s daily Gallup ratings are even worse. On Monday, his approval rating plummeted to 37 percent —a new low — while his disapproval rating shot up to 58 percent, which is a new high.

It doesn’t look like things will get better for Trump anytime soon. On Monday, FBI director James Comey confirmed that the agency was looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, also testified that the NSA did not ask British intelligence to tap Trump Tower, nor did it tap the tower itself, nor was it asked to do so by President Obama. Comey said there was “no information that supports those tweets” Trump has made accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, nor would Obama be allowed to order such a thing in the first place.

The Trump administration has so far refused to provide any evidence to back up its claims. Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping him as recently as last Friday when attempting to make a “joke” about it to German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel did not laugh.