Trump Is the Least Popular New President in Modern Times, According to Two New Polls

Though most of the voters who elected him still support him.

by Alex Lubben
23 April 2017, 7:13pm

Nearing the 100th day of his presidency, President Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any new president in modern history, according to two new polls, though he's kept much of the support of those who voted for him.

A new NBC News/WSJ poll puts the president's approval rating at 40 percent, down four points from February — the lowest approval rating at this point in a presidency in the decades-long history of the poll. Obama, by comparison, had a 61 percent approval rating at this point in his presidency, while George W. Bush had a 56 percent approval rating and Clinton was at 52 percent.

In a story on a separate poll released Sunday, the Washington Post referred to Trump as "the least popular chief executive in modern times." Forty-two percent approve of Americans approve of Trump's performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove, according to the Washington Post/ABC News poll. This is the "lowest recorded at this stage of a presidency dating to Dwight Eisenhower."

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