Poll: Trump has lowest approval rating of any new president
President Trump has the highest disapproval rating of any new president ever polled, according to a new survey.
A majority of respondents, 53 percent, disapprove of how Trump is handling his job in the CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, while 44 percent approve.
CNN reported that Trump is the only president to hold a net negative rating this early in a presidency. However, the vast majority of respondents, 78 percent, say Trump is handling the presidency as they would have expected.
The network compared Trump’s ratings to past presidents, noting that Ronald Reagan’s first approval rating measured at 51 percent from Gallup in 1981 — 7 points above Trump’s rating in the CNN poll — but Reagan’s disapproval number was far lower than Trump’s at just 13 percent, compared to Trump’s 53 percent.
George W. Bush, the last president to be elected without winning the popular vote, also held a more positive approval rating at 57 percent in February of his first year in office.
Trump’s first two weeks as president have been punctuated by national protests over his executive order denying entry to nationals from seven predominantly Muslims nations for 90 days while suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
A majority of those polled by CNN, 53 percent, oppose Trump’s executive order, while 47 percent say they favor the action.
Trump’s executive order to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border also faces opposition, with 60 percent of Americans surveyed by CNN opposed to the proposal. Trump said last week that construction on the wall could begin in “months.”
The CNN poll of 1,002 adults was conducted Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 via landlines and cellphones with an overall margin of error of 3 percentage points.