Gallup: Trump's approval rating hits 35% as men's support decreases

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  March 30, 2017 at 7:28 AM
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March 30 (UPI) -- A Gallup poll shows Donald Trump's approval rating is 35 percent, the lowest of any recorded president in his first year, which could be due to a decrease in approval among men.

The Gallup daily poll, based on a three-day rolling average as of Wednesday, shows 35 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 59 percent disapprove.

Gallup said the only former U.S. president to fall below a 40 percent approval rating in their first year was Bill Clinton. Since Gallup began tracking presidencies under Harry Truman, Clinton, Trump, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama saw their approval fall below 40 percent in their first term.

"Already a trendsetter by earning the lowest initial job approval rating of any president and falling below 40 percent approval in record time, Trump's recent 35 percent and 36 percent approval ratings are the lowest of any president in his first year," Gallup wrote in a statement. "What ensues will depend not only on Trump's management of his administration and relations with Congress, but also on his relationship with the media and, possibly most importantly, real-world economic and national security conditions that Trump can only partly control."

The Gallup poll, which has a 3 percent margin of error, is based on telephone interviews of about 1,500 U.S. adults.

In a breakdown of Trump's approval rating from March 20 through Sunday released on Tuesday, Gallup said Trump's approval rating among men has fallen 7 percent -- from 51 percent in early March to 44 percent on Sunday, which represents the largest decrease in major subgroups. Trump's approval rating among women saw a smaller decrease, from 36 percent to 34 percent.

Trump's approval rating decreased in all major subgroups, such as political party affiliation, age and education, in the same time range.

The subgroup Gallup poll, which has a 2 percent margin of error, is based on telephone interviews of about 3,546 U.S. adults.

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