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Trump ends first year with dismal approval ratings
Trump's current approval rating in Gallup's weekly poll stands at only 38 percent.
By Delila James
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Feb 17, 2018

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Now President Trump can brag he has topped all other previous elected presidents in their first year with the lowest average approval ratings, according to a report by ABC News.

Since Trump's inauguration, his job approval rating has averaged 39 percent, according to Gallup. From the time he took office, Trump has sunk below a 40 percent approval rating more often than any other first-year president.

Former President Bill Clinton was the previous record-holder when his first-year average was at 49 percent.

Trump's current approval rating in Gallup's weekly poll stands at only 38 percent. Fifty-seven percent disapprove.

Seventy percent of Americans are unhappy with the way Trump has handled health care, according to the December AP-NORC poll, with 85 percent saying the issue is very important to them.

An AP-NORC poll taken in late 2017 found that a mere 23 percent of Americans think Trump has kept his campaign promises. More than 50 percent said the country is worse off since he became president. And just 33 percent of people surveyed in a Gallup poll conducted in January approve of the Republican tax bill.

The public's negative opinion of Trump has a lot to do with perceptions of his character. A January poll by Quinnipiac University found that most voters see Trump as erratic and dishonest.

Even on the economy, about which Trump gets generally higher marks, more people 49 percent give credit to former President Obama than to the president 40 percent.

The picture looks a little brighter for Trump when it comes to Republican voters, who still give the president an 83 percent job approval rating, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.