After just six months in office, President Trump’s average approval rating in the second quarter of 2017 was the lowest of any president’s approval rating since Gallup began tracking presidential approval ratings in 1945.
A Gallup poll released Friday found that the president’s average approval rating between April 20 to July 19, was 38.8 percent, which is lower than any other president during a comparable period in their term.
By comparison, Trump’s first-quarter approval rating averaged 41 percent according to Gallup. His rating was the lowest first-quarter approval rating of any president since Gallup started recording.
Most presidents were still in the honeymoon phase of their presidencies during their second quarter, and enjoyed approval ratings above 60%, with John Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower both above 70%. The average approval rating for elected presidents in their second quarter is 62%, meaning Trump’s support is 23 percentage points below the historical norm.
From a broader historical perspective, Trump’s second quarter ranks 250th out of the 287 presidential quarters in which Gallup has assessed job approval since 1945. That ranking places Trump’s second quarter in the 13th percentile of all presidential quarters, meaning only 12% have been worse — mostly for Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush near the end of their troubled administrations.
During the early part of his second quarter in late April and early May, Trump’s approval ratings in Gallup Daily tracking mostly stayed in the low 40% range. After the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Trump’s approval rating dropped below 40%. Since then, his approval rating has mainly been in the high 30% range, apart from a 41% average the week of May 22-28 after a major terrorist attack at a Manchester, England, concert venue where American artist Ariana Grande was performing.
In the second quarter, Trump averaged 85% job approval among Republicans and 8% among Democrats, with independents at 34%.
His approval is down in the second quarter among all party groups, including three points among independents, two points among Republicans and one point among Democrats.
Trump has set new record lows for job approval ratings early in presidential terms, including his initial 45% reading, his first-quarter average of 41.3%, and his second-quarter average of 38.8%. Six months into his presidency, he has yet to register a single job approval rating above 50%, averaging 40% job approval to date.
Trump maintains solid support among his fellow Republicans. However, with fewer than three in 10 Americans identifying as Republican he cannot rely on Republicans alone to have healthy job approval ratings.