Keep trying on health care
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 1:00
Since taking office, President Trump has embarked on a steady march toward the political right and the drop in his approval rating should not be a surprise to anyone.
Trump's popularity took a particularly sharp nose-dive last week, when the president was throwing his weight behind an unpopular House health care bill, according to Gallup.
Over all, nearly one in four of President Obama's 2012 white working-class supporters defected from the Democrats in 2016, either supporting Mr. Trump or voting for a third-party candidate.
Well guess what, President Trump has outdone himself and reset the history books by reaching a new low in the approval ratings at 36 percent.
Trump hit his prior low of 37% during the time period of March 16-18. "What ensues will depend not only on Trump's management of his administration and relations with Congress, but also on his relationship with the media and, possibly most importantly, real-world economic and national security conditions that Trump can only partly control".
The poll, which surveyed 1,833 people between February 16 and March 6, found that 74 percent of black respondents, 60 percent of Asian American respondents and 71 percent of Latino respondents viewed Trump as illegitimate, Time reported.
John F Kennedy had the highest overall average approval rating, 70.1 percent, of any president measured by Gallup.
The problem for Trump is he has never had high approval ratings.
No president, not even President Donald Trump, has ever had ratings this bad - until today. And guess what, Trump's ratings are tanking there too.
Politically, Trump has suffered a larger loss in support among independents (six points) and Republicans (four points) than among Democrats (two points), mainly because Democrats' approval has always been low.
Gallup says its presidential job ratings are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 adults nationwide.