President Donald Trump’s approval ratings continue to slide and are becoming so low that it’s getting historic. According to a poll conducted by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, only 38% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Meanwhile, a whopping 58% disapprove.
The approval rating is down slightly from the 39% that came from the same poll conducted back in May. At the time, that was the lowest approval rating for any president dating back 70 years.
This is the lowest presidential approval rating in modern history for a president at this stage in his presidency. In the fall of their first year as president, Barack Obama had an approval rating of 51%, George W. Bush’s was 88%, and Bill Clinton’s was an underwhelming 47%.
As expected, Trump’s approval rating is split among party lines. Overall, 38% approve of Trump’s job performance, but among Democrat voters, just seven percent think he’s doing a good job. A full 81% of Republican voters approve of job Trump is doing and 34% of independents are on side with Trump.
Of those who disapprove of the way Trump is running the country, Democrat voters lead the way at 89%, followed by independents at 57%. Just 17% of Republicans disapprove of Trump’s job as president.
It doesn’t get much better for President Trump. There isn’t a single solitary issue on which the majority of Americans approve of him.
When it comes to the economy, 42% approve of the way Trump is handling things, while 37% disapprove. Almost half (48%) approve of the way Trump handled Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma; just 28% said they disapproved.
At the same time, American voters are a little wary of the way Trump is handling North Korea with 51% disapproving and 34% approving. As commander-in-chief, 35% approve, while 53% disapprove.
With regards to the NFL and national anthem fiasco, just 30% of voters side with Trump; 59% disapprove of the way he handled it. In the aftermath of Puerto Rico, an abysmal 29% approve of the way Trump conducted himself, whereas 54% disapproved.
Just 27% approve of his handling of healthcare and an even smaller 24% approve of Trump’s handling of the Iran nuclear agreement.
Trump’s inability to connect with American voters could spell doom in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Almost half (48%) of American voters say they would prefer to see Congress controlled by the Democrats; 41% say they want a Republican-controlled Congress.
“NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey,” MSNBC, October 30, 2017.