"Historically unpopular" Trump reacts to new poll

Real estate developer Donald Trump, gestures during a news conference with the PGA

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings six months in are historically bad. What does he think of the latest poll?

The latest poll by the Washington Post and ABC News has given Trump one of his worst net approval ratings yet. The poll suggests that 36% of American voters approve of Trump’s performance as president so far compared to the 58% who said they disapprove of his performance. This gives him a net approval rating of -16%.

FiveThirtyEight, which gathers and models statistical data, says that Trump is “historically unpopular” for a president at this point in their presidency. They point out that since 1945 no president has had a negative net approval rating at this stage in their presidency, except Gerald Ford on -6%, a score still significantly higher than Trump’s rating today.

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According to FiveThirtyEight, the average approval rating for a US president six-months in to their presidency is +38%.

For the sake of comparison, Barack Obama’s rating at this stage was +19%, as was George W. Bush’s.

President Trump reacted to the poll on Twitter saying that:

However, although the ABC/Washington Post poll points to a bad approval rating, it indicates that Trump is being perceived as a president handling the economy well. A total of 43% said they approve of this handling of the economy compared to 41% who disagree.

Perhaps rather than attacking the poll, the US president should point this figure out in response to his critics.

The full results of the ABC News/Washington Post poll can be found here.