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.
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:
The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2017
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.