Chart of the day: Trump sets a new record low


From Gallup, which reports:

President Donald Trump is the first elected president in Gallup’s polling history to receive an initial job approval rating below the majority level. He starts his term in office with 45% of Americans approving of the way he is handling his new job, 45% disapproving and 10% yet to form an opinion. Trump now holds the record for the lowest initial job approval rating as well as the highest initial disapproval rating in Gallup surveys dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower.


While Americans, overall, are divided on how Trump has handled his job these past three days, certain subgroups of Americans are predictably pleased with his performance while others are displeased.

  • Trump earned 90% approval from Republicans, while nearly as many Democrats (81%) disapproved. Independents split about evenly, with 40% approving and 44% disapproving.
  • Majorities of whites and those aged 65 and older approved of Trump’s performance while majorities of nonwhites and young adults disapproved, and middle-aged Americans were more closely split.
  • Of particular interest given the women’s marches on Saturday, women tilt against Trump, although not heavily. Just under half, 49%, disapproved while 42% approved. Attitudes are reversed among men, with 48% approving and 41% disapproving.

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