According to several recent polls, Donald Trump may just be the least popular president ever to rule United States.
Just 38 percent of those interview said they approve the work Trump is doing, while 56 percent said they disapprove. The latest poll, completed by SRSS, has the president’s approval rating down 6 points from an April survey in which 44 percent approved of the job he was doing as commander in chief. Five percent in the recent survey said they had no opinion on how Trump is doing in the job.
Taking stock of the first 200 days of Trump’s term, 36 percent said they consider it a success, while 59 percent consider it a failure.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of those polled said they don’t trust anything they hear from the official White House communications office. Forty-three percent said they trust some of it, while 19 percent said they trust most of it. Only 5 percent said they trust all of the information coming from the administration.
The survey was conducted Aug. 3–6, polling 1,018 adults across the country over cellphones and landlines. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
Trump himself responded to these results by publishing several tweets and statements, saying he is working hard and thus “too busy to read nonsense.”
The cover of this week’s Newsweek magazine features an illustration of the president sitting in a recliner with junk food, his phone and a remote.
Trump does appear to still have a base of voters – and perhaps some of those voters are digging in and supporting him even more—but he is wrong to claim his base is growing. A Quinnipiac University poll last week, for instance, found just 43 percent of non-college-educated, white voters approved of the job Trump was doing, while 50 percent disapproved. It’s a remarkable turn of events, considering that is the demographic who voted for the president in droves in November. CNN’s exits polls, for instance, found 66 percent of non-college-educated whites voted for Trump.