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The numbers are–mostly–not good.

President Donald Trump is a polarizing figure—and his approval ratings reflect that.

While some people are feverishly supportive of the president, nearly every major poll tracking approval ratings for Trump are dismal (and sometimes historically low).

It’s hard to take every poll in a vacuum, however, as each one has its own set of variables, and they speak to a small segment of Americans. That being said, taken all together, the polls do offer a glimpse into the views of a sample of voters on how the president is faring as he maneuvers through his second year in the presidency.

Here’s a look at some of the major polls that show how Americans approve or disapprove of Trump’s job in the Oval Office.

Trump’s approval rating in July 2018

Real Clear Politics Trump approval rating: 42.9 percent

As of mid-July, Real Clear Politics, which uses a number of polls to find a median number, put President Donald Trump’s approval rating at 42.9 percent, a notch higher than it was in June when 42.4 percent approved of his work so far in office.

The polls found that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump.

Real Clear Politics found that Trump’s approval spiked in in early June to just over 44 percent, before falling sharply later in the month. Since then, their data shows the president hovering in the low 40s.

Gallup Trump approval rating: 43 percent

Gallup’s latest weekly poll of Trump’s approval rating came in at 43 percent compared to 52 percent of those polled who disapproved of the president’s performance.

According to the pollster, Trump spiked to as high as 45 percent in mid-June, a far jump from the dismal 38 percent approval rating it tracked in late April.

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Quinnipiac Trump approval rating: 40 percent

Trump’s approval rating remained at 40 percent according to the most recent poll from Quinnipiac University, staying the same as it was in early June.

While the president’s approval rating stayed the same, the university found that 55 percent of Americans disapprove of him, on the higher end of most polls.

The same poll found that 58 percent of voters think Trump is doing more to “divide the country” as opposed to uniting it, and 44 percent of voters thought his “main motive” for his immigration policy was due to “racist beliefs.”

Fox News Trump approval rating: 46 percent

As always, Fox News polling has a more cheerful view of Trump’s approval rating than most other pollsters. As of mid-July, Fox News found that 46 percent of Americans approve of Trump, compared to 51 percent who disapprove of him.

The number is one point higher than its previous poll in early June, which pegged Trump with a 45 percent approval rating.

Perhaps more troubling for Trump’s future ability to enact policy while president, Fox News found 48 percent of those polled would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress if the election were held today, compared to 40 percent who said they’d vote for a Republican candidate.

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Reuters/Ipsos Trump approval rating: 39 percent

The picture for Trump is less rosy when it comes to Reuters/Ipsos latest poll. The poll found that 39 percent approved of the president’s performance, compared to 57 percent of those who disapproved.

The ratings were skewed heavily along party lines, with 90 percent of registered Democrats disapproving of Trump and 83 percent of registered Republicans approving of the president.

The voters who identified as independent also did not paint a positive picture, with 62 percent of those polled saying they disapproved of Trump, compared to just 35 percent who approved of him.

Rasmussen Trump approval rating: 44 percent

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Rasmussen, a polling firm Trump has frequently cited because of its generally favorable ratings toward the president, also has dropped significantly since last month.

In mid-June, Rasmussen showed Trump with a 47 percent approval rating, however, the firm’s daily polling has seen him dip to 44 percent as of July 18.

The numbers have sank steadily since early July, but reached 44 percent just days after Trump’s heavily criticized press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Whatever way you slice it, the president provokes strong reactions, and most of those aren’t good.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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