Trump Has Lowest Approval Rate in US History


Disapproval rates for the US have changed accordingly, beginning at 34 percent in Bush's last year and then dropping into the 20s throughout the Obama administration, and now spiking to 43 percent after year one under Trump. President Trump has proven especially unpopular in the Americas, where disapproval of USA leadership has climbed from 27 to 58 percent since President Barack Obama's final year in office.

During Obama's past year in office, 48 percent of countries polled approved of the United States' leadership. That's four points lower than President George W. Bush's mark of 34 percent in 2008, five years after he launched the disastrous invasion of Iraq.

Overall, Germany has replaced the U.S. as the top-rated global power in the world, with an approval rating of 41%. In contrast, USA leadership approval increased 10 points or more in just four countries: Liberia (+17), Macedonia (+15), Israel (+14), and Belarus (+11). Residents in 134 countries or areas were asked to rate U.S., German and Russian leadership.

The Gallup poll showed that global approval generally for the occupant of the White House slid from 48 percent in 2016 to only 30 percent in 2017, an historic low. The United States was one point behind China and only three points ahead of Russia's approval rating.

Not since 2008 has USA leadership lagged behind both Germany and China in approval worldwide, with the Trump era only outpacing Russian President Vladimir Putin's government in 2017 of the four nations studied.

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If the US was a domestic political candidate, this sudden dive "under water" in approval ratios would be alarming.

In February, just after Trump took office, 44 percent of respondents in the poll said they approved of the president's performance, while 48 percent disapproved. Trump approval ratings with Black Americans has doubled. "The bottom line is that the United States has added a degree of unreliability", Haas said about Trump's first year in office in a CFR podcast on Tuesday. More than 30% of British citizens questioned the new expressed approval by the poll where 63% of Britons expressed disapproval of the USA leadership of the free world.

78 percent of Republicans approve of Trump's job performance.

A thousand adults, aged 15 years or older across more than 130 countries, were questioned between March and November 2017. Both polls used landlines and cell phones, and both had margins of error over 3 percent.