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Gallup: Trump Lowest Approval for President in First Year

Gallup: Trump Lowest Approval for President in First Year
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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 07:59 PM

President Donald Trump's average job approval rating for his first year is lower than any other elected president's, according to Gallup.

The pollster analysis showed Trump's approval average is not only the lowest for a first-year president, it ranks among the 10 worst for any president in any year since Gallup began regularly measuring job approval in 1945.

Trump netted a 38.4 percent approval rating average for his first year, slightly more than 10 percentage points lower than any other elected president's first-year average, the pollster reported.

Former President Bill Clinton is the only other president whose approval rating during his first year in office averaged below 50 percent; his rating was 49.3 percent.

John F. Kennedy, by contrast, enjoyed a first-year average approval rating of 76.4 percent, the highest of elected presidents.

Gallup reported Trump began his presidency behind the eight ball, with a job approval rating below 50 percent, the lowest for a president at his inaugural. The ratings eroded afterward but then stabilized between 36-37 percent, Gallup said.

"With Trump's ratings showing only modest change over his first year in office, it is possible that opinions of him have essentially crystallized and thus will be more resistant to change regardless of national conditions," Gallup's Jeffrey Jones wrote.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

The analysis comes in the wake of Gallup's conclusion Trump should be enjoying a much higher approval rating given historical patterns between job approval and measures of national conditions.

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