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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).
In fact, a poll from the Washington Post and ABC News in late August found that only 36 percent of those polled approved of Trump and 49 percent of people believed Congress should consider impeaching the president. The 60 percent disapproval rating in the poll was believed to be an all-time high.
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 September 2018
Real Clear Politics Trump approval rating: 40.8 percent
In mid-September, Real Clear Politics—which tracks numerous polls to find an average—found the president to have a 40.8 percent approval rating, compared to 53.6 percent who disapproved of him.
The number was a downturn for Trump, who Real Clear Politics found had a 42.9 percent approval rating in mid-July, a notch higher than his 42.4 percent approval rating the month before.
The website found that the president’s approval rating has been declining since late August, amid criticism of his handling of Sen. John McCain’s death and guilty pleas by his former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Gallup Trump approval rating: 40 percent
Gallup, which tracks the president’s approval and disapproval ratings weekly, found that 40 percent of those polled approved of Trump’s time in office. The pollster found that the president’s disapproval rating was 54 percent.
The figure is a sharp decline from mid-June, when the president was found to have a 45 percent approval rating. Since then, he has hovered in the mid-to-low 40s, according to their weekly poll, with one week in August reaching 39 percent.
Quinnipiac Trump approval rating: 38 percent
In early September Quinnipiac found that only 38 percent of those polled approved of Trump as president, compared to 54 percent who disapproved and 8 percent who weren’t sure.
In early July the university’s polling arm found Trump with a 40 percent approval rating, similar to what it was in June.
The same poll found that 48 percent of those polled “disapprove strongly” of Trump, compared to just 27 percent of people who “approve strongly” of him.
Fox News Trump approval rating: 45 percent
Fox News has not tracked Trump’s approval rating since mid-August, and found the president to have a 45 percent approval rating.
The Fox News poll also found 53 percent of those polled disapproved of his time in office.
The 45 percent approval is on track with similar findings from the news outlet’s polling arm in the past. In mid-July they found 46 percent of Americans approved of the president and a 45 percent approval rating in early June.
Reuters/Ipsos Trump approval rating: 40.3 percent
The latest findings by Reuters and Ipsos, who poll weekly, are similar to numerous other pollsters.
As of Sept. 9, polls found Trump with a 40.3 percent approval rating, compared to 53.6 percent of those polled who disapproved of him.
The weekly polls also found Trump’s approval rating nosediving in August, hitting 38.3 percent for the week ending on Aug. 26th.
Rasmussen Trump approval rating: 47 percent
Rasmussen, a polling firm Trump has frequently cited because of its generally favorable ratings toward the president, paints a more rosy picture.
The firm, which tracks the president’s approval rating daily, shows Trump with a 47 percent approval rating as of Sept. 14.
Whatever way you slice it, the president provokes strong reactions, and most of those aren’t good.
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, NorthJersey.com, 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).