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Trump’s approval rating just hit a new low—in his favorite poll

Trump's latest approval rating is below average—literally.


Andrew Couts


Posted on Jul 31, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:10 pm CDT

President Donald Trump‘s approval rating has dipped to a new low, according to the national pollster most favorable to the president.

The Rasmussen daily president tracking poll finds Trump with a 39 percent approval rating and a 61 percent disapproval rating. This is the first time Rasmussen’s Trump approval rating has dipped below 40 percent.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump’s average approval rating is 39.3 percent while his disapproval rating is 55.9 percent.

Rasmussen’s numbers have been generally more favorable for Trump. In May, for example, a Rasmussen poll put Trump’s approval rating at 48 percent while a Gallup poll conducted over the same period showed the president with a 39 percent approval rating. Monday’s Rasmussen poll, however, has Trump with an approval rating just one point higher than Gallup’s daily tracking poll (39 percent versus Gallup’s 38 percent)—and Rasmussen’s disapproval rating is four points higher than Gallup’s 57 percent.

On average, Rasmussen polls have a bias for conservative politicians of 2 percentage points, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.

Earlier this year, Trump called Rasmussen “one of the most accurate” pollsters.

News of his dwindling—and already historically low—poll numbers, comes as Trump touts economic successes and attempts to move past a rough week for his administration.

Last week saw Trump’s bizarre and widely condemned speech at the Boy Scouts’ 2017 Jamboree; Republicans’ failed effort to repeal and/or replace Obamacare; open criticisms of Attorney General Jeff Sessions; his surprise announcement of a ban on transgender military service members; several public and outlandish outbursts by newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci; and the ouster of Reince Priebus, Trump’s now-former White House chief of staff, whom Trump replaced with retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly.

Kelly, who vacated his role as director of Homeland Security to serve as Trump’s chief of staff, is expected to crack down on leaks, dysfunction, and in-fighting that—although the president denies it—have colored Trump’s first six months in office.

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2017, 1:17 pm CDT