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The Difference Between Donald Trump And Barack Obama's Approval Ratings Is Crazy

Donald Trump is breaking records… but not the good kind.

According to a recent poll from ABC News and The Washington Post, he has the lowest six-month approval rating of any president dating back 70 years. At 36 percent, Trump swooped in to take first place from Gerald Ford's 39 percent back in 1975.

On the other hand, Trump's predecessor Barack Obama's six-month approval rating came in at 59 percent, according to Politico, as did George W. Bush's.

Obama's first six months in office included the outline of his energy policy, taking a new approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and visiting the Middle East in hopes of reviving peace negotiations, according to The Guardian.

Meanwhile, Trump's first few months in office were most notably defined by protests like the Women's March, his controversial travel ban and healthcare plans, and a missile strike on Syria following a chemical weapons attack that left 86 civilians dead, per ABC News.

Donald Trump and President Obama shake hands at White House

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The majority of Americans polled this July have found fault with the president's ability to lead, his ideas for the future of the U.S. healthcare system, and Russia's role in the campaign — all of which are factors ultimately affecting his numbers, according to ABC News.

With his “modern day presidential” use of social media, Trump took to Twitter to address the situation about the poll.

Of course, people fired back when the president suggested the findings were “inaccurate.”

Some, however, chimed in to defend the president's numbers.

Overall, the poll further discovered that only 38 percent of people believe Trump is making progress toward the goals he set for himself as commander in chief, and nearly half of those polled believe America's stance as a world leader has grown weaker since he took office.

Donald Trump as host of The Apprentice

NBC

When it comes to Russia, things aren't looking good.

The poll found that 63 percent of people believe the president's family's meetings with a Russian lawyer during the campaign were inappropriate, while 60 percent of those polled think Russia did try to affect the election's outcome.

Though the Russian findings weren't positive for Trump, there were some discoveries that could possibly work in his favor, like the fact that 52 percent of people believe the Democratic party simply acts against him rather than supports a particular cause.

Additionally, there's a “roughly even split” for the way in which people believe the president is handling the economy: 43 percent approve, 41 percent disapprove, and 16 percent aren't ready to comment on his economic performance (compared to the 3 percent who weren't in favor of commenting on Obama's economic performance at his six-month mark).

Trump's Impact On American Democracy

 

The poll surveyed a random sample of 1,001 adults in English and Spanish from July 10-13. The expected margin of error is 3.5 points, according to ABC News.

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Danielle Valente

Digital Editor

Danielle is part of the Elite Daily news team. When she's not working, she's usually reading or eating gnocchi at Frankie's. Find her @dvwrites.
Danielle is part of the Elite Daily news team. When she's not working, she's usually reading or eating gnocchi at Frankie's. Find her @dvwrites.

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