US POLITICS

Trump’s Approval Rating Reaches New Low

President Donald Trump set new records in Gallup's weekly presidential approval polls: a low in approval and a high in disapproval

US POLITICS
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Jun 12, 2017 at 1:40 PM ET

President Donald Trump set two new records in the Gallup’s weekly presidential approval polls, neither of which were good.

The latest Gallup numbers, released on Monday, showed that Trump managed to get his lowest approval and highest disapproval ratings so far in his presidency: 37 and 58 percent, respectively. The data, which were collected between June 5 to June 11, came amid former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on his interactions with the president and the continued fallout from backing out of the Paris climate agreement.

Trump’s previous record was 38 and 57 percent, respectively, which he hit in the week spanning from the end of March to the beginning of April. He was able to rebound the next week, during which he ordered a surprise airstrike in Syria. Trump’s worst showing in Gallup’s daily poll, which tends to fluctuate more than the weekly and is a slightly less reliable barometer of public sentiment, was also set during the week of his previous low and high, when he hit 35 percent approval and 59 percent disapproval.

Trump’s ratings were on the upswing while he was on his international trip, during which he mostly stayed away from Twitter and dished out none of his trademark early-morning rants.

Overall, Trump has had the worst Gallup ratings since the poll began during Harry S. Truman’s presidency. Even Trump’s highest approval rating during his first 100 days was six points lower than the previous record low, with his disapproval rating 20 points higher.