Majority in poll say Trump will be remembered negatively

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A majority of Americans say they believe President Trump will be remembered negatively in history, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday on Trump’s last full day in office.

Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said they think Trump will go down in history as either a “poor” or “below average” president, while 29 percent said he would be remembered positively and 10 percent gave him an average rating.

The poll, conducted this month amid a tumultuous final few weeks in office for Trump, found partisan differences over how Trump’s tenure will be remembered.

More than 7 in 10 republicans, 72 percent, said the outgoing president would be remembered positively while 95 percent of Democrats gave him a negative outlook. Among independents, 63 percent said Trump will be remembered negatively while 24 percent felt he would be remembered favorably.

Trump’s ratings were more polarized than those for other presidents in the survey, with fewer Americans giving him an “average” rating than any other American president going back decades. According to the analytics company, Richard Nixon is the only other president to receive a mostly negative rating with only 11 percent giving him a positive assessment.

Another Gallup poll released Monday found Trump facing the lowest job approval ratings of his entire presidency, with 34 percent of Americans approving of Trump’s performance while in office. Trump is the first American president to not reach a 50 percent approval rating since Gallup began measuring presidential approval in 1938.

The job approval survey from Gallup began on Jan. 4, two days before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol — an incident that resulted in multiple deaths and Trump becoming the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice. Responses for the survey were collected through Jan. 15, with 1,023 participants and an overall margin of error of 5 percentage points. 

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