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How Trump’s Disapproval Ratings Compare Among Different Demographics

Although the president has said he wants to make America great again for all Americans, not everyone is buying into it.
Image by Aaron Barksdale

During his first State of the Union address, Trump made an attempt to unify the country, declaring his mission “to make America great again for all Americans.” Despite his claim, Trump has alienated large swaths of the American public, and according to Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, majorities of most demographic groups continue to disapprove of Trump— particularly among people of color. Pew’s report also shows that those who approve of the president are predominantly white evangelical Protestants.


Given that February is Black History Month, a celebration of cultural diversity and the accomplishments of African-Americans, VICE Impact put together an infographic that illustrates Pew’s demographic approval rating data.

Trump hasn’t had the best track record on race relations despite touting the lowest unemployment rate for Latinos and African-Americans on Twitter and in his State of the Union address, which technically isn’t true. The unemployment rate for Latinos and African-Americans has consistently decreased over the past decade, long before Trump took office and not due to any particular policy he put in place. Last year, following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Trump was slow to condemn the white supremacists and stated that there was blame to be shared between the racist marchers and anti-racist protesters. He also reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shitholes” at a closed-door meeting on immigration.

What’s more, during his State of the Union speech he managed to work in a comment about standing during the national anthem, which was a backhanded attack on the NFL players who kneeled throughout the last season to protest racial inequality.

Also, in regards to staff, President Trump has a less racially diverse cabinet than his three most recent predecessors: Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Trump’s cabinet also lacks a representative number of women, and, at just 19 percent, it is a stark contrast to the 36 percent of women that made up Obama’s cabinet. Also, the one woman of color who was a member of his senior staff, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault got the ax in December of 2016. Manigault is the most recent Trump aide to be booted in his revolving door of White House personnel.

It’s clear why Trump isn’t highly favored amongst gender and racial minorities, but take a look at the findings from Pew below.

Data from Pew Research Center. Infographic by Aaron Barksdale

The approval ratings do not account for people who have no opinion of the president's job performance.