Donald Trump had a really bad day today, with all the news of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments, and then it got worse. The latest Gallup poll came out with some gut-wrenching news.
Within a mere 285 days, the president’s job approval rating dropped like a rock to 33 percent, which is the lowest since he took office. He had 34 percent approval rating at the end of August, but this is even worse. That means now only one in three Americans of voting age approve of how he is doing in his new career, and 62 percent give him a big thumbs down.
Someone who knows a lot about Donald Trump is Brian Klaas, author of The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy. Klaas is also a fellow at LSE Government, which is the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Klaas tweeted an interesting comparison between Donald Trump and his predecessors. The sitting president has fallen to a 33 percent approval rating within mere 285 days. Then, Klaas compared the number of days it took for President Ronald Reagan to reach that dramatically low number – never.
It took President George H.W. Bush 1,283 days to bottom out at 33 percent. His son, George W. Bush was in office for 1,933 days before reaching that magic number. President Bill Clinton never fell to that low percentage, and neither did President Barack Obama. Is there a pattern here?
Days to fall to 33% approval rating:
H.W. Bush: 1,283
W. Bush: 1,933
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) October 30, 2017
Americans responded to Klaas’ news with some of their own funny tweets:
I'm still baffled by 33%. It's depressingly high.
— Pratik Sinha (@progdoctalk) October 30, 2017
Sometimes I think people approve of him out if habit. Or is it Party loyalty overriding good sense.
— Zair (@Ilzairspar) October 30, 2017
We are already losing every damn day he stays in office. The entire Admin needs to be gone. Will take time, but we can undo all of his BS
— SkolSister (@skolsister2017) October 30, 2017
The Gallup poll was not a fluke. The recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll came up with similar numbers. Just 38 percent of the interviewees said they approved of the job Trump has been doing. A full 58 percent of those interviewed disapproved of the president’s job performance.
The Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare after numerous attempts, leaving the GOP with no major legislation passed, so far. Trump has been working with Congressional Republicans on a tax reform bill, but these legislators laced it with non-starters, such as stripping 401k retirement plans and slashing both Medicare and Medicaid. What makes it worse, is the Republicans are using average American dollars to give bonuses to large corporations and the richest one- percenters.
This Gallup poll was conducted before news broke of Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicting Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on 12 charges, including conspiracy against the United States, Monday.
The poll collected data on the percentage of American voters who approve or disapprove of Donald Trump’s job as president. The pollsters interviewed approximately 1,500 voting-age adults in the country by telephone. The Gallup poll was based upon a three-day rolling average. The margin of error was ±3 percentage points.
Check out this video of Trump complimenting Manafort via political commentator, Edward Hardy’s, Twitter Page:
Donald Trump: I've always found Paul Manafort to be a very decent man pic.twitter.com/8BwhvLyuBv
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) October 30, 2017