Donald Trump at 200 days. How awful are his approval ratings?

Donald Trump

The US president has been in power for a rollercoaster ride of 200 days. How do his struggling ratings compare to those of his predecessors?

FiveThirtyEight’s approval model, based off American opinion polls, gives Donald Trump an aggregated approval rating of 37% compared to a disproval rating of 57.3% for his 199th day as president.

This gives Trump a net approval rating of -20.3%.

Since being inaugurated, Donald Trump’s respective approval and disproval ratings have diverged, indicating a worsening relationship with the American people.

How do these ratings compare to the ratings of previous presidents at this stage in their respective presidencies?

FiveThirtyEight provides ratings across time for presidents going all the way back to Harry Truman in 1945; all data below is from FiveThirtyEight.

Barack Obama (2009 – 2017)

On day 199, Barack Obama’s net approval rating stood at an impressive +15.8%. That’s a staggering difference of 36.1 percentage points. During Barack Obama’s whole eight years in office, FiveThirtyEight reports that he never had a net approval rating as low as Donald Trump’s current number.

Compared to Obama’s ratings, Trump's are very bad indeed.

Barack Obama Speech

The New York Times reports that at this stage of Barack Obama’s time in power, the president was preparing to visit Mexico for a summit between the three North American nations.

Obama seemed to enjoy a relatively positive relationship with Mexico. Compare that to Donald Trump’s relationship with the country – Mexico’s former president has recently attacked Trump’s long holiday, saying that @realDonaldTrump leaving on vacation, huh? What for? If you're not happy with your job, just leave. After all, it was never for you”, according to the Evening Standard.

George W. Bush (2001 – 2009)

On day 199, Bush junior’s net approval rating stood at +23.0%. The difference between these two Republican presidents at this stage in their respective presidencies is a whopping 43.3 percentage points.

During the first few months of Bush’s presidency, his ratings took a slight dip, but then spiked following the tragic events of 9/11. His net approval ratings reached a high of 77.8% on his 252nd day.

Bill Clinton (1993 – 2000)

On one level, both Clinton and Trump are in the same boat. Both had negative approval ratings at this stage in their respective presidencies.

That said, there is still a significant difference between Clinton’s -7.2% rating on day 199, and Trump’s -20.3%.

The other nine

Compared to the nine presidents that came before Clinton, Trump’s approval ratings are still the worst. If someone says Trump’s approval ratings are not as bad as some might say, the data clearly tells a different story.

Richard Nixon Badge

At this stage in the presidency, Donald Trump is the worst performing president since 1945.

That said, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon’s replacement Gerald Ford were not too far behind.