Trump Near 100 Days: Deeply Unpopular, With Staunch Base

President's numbers break a few record lows, but his voters are sticking with him
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2017 1:09 PM CDT
Trump Near 100 Days: Deeply Unpopular, With Staunch Base
President Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump is proving as polarizing and vexing as candidate Trump once did: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that while Trump remains a deeply unpopular president, the people who voted for him are sticking by him. The current inhabitant of the Oval Office has a 42% approval rating among all Americans, and the Post has to go back to Dwight Eisenhower to find another president with a lower such rating at this point in the game. His disapproval numbers are also stratospheric at 59%; the previous high was Bill Clinton, who also had a bruising first 100 days, at 39%. The Post notes that Trump's predecessor's approval rating was 69% at this stage, disapproval at 26%.

Fox News, though, finds the silver lining, with a staggering 96% of people who voted for Trump saying they'd do it again, while only 2% said they'd change their minds. And the president's approval rating is starkly different among Trump voters (94% like the job he's doing) and among Republicans (84%). Trump also beats Clinton's start in the percentage who say he's gotten either a great deal or a good amount done: 42% to 37%, respectively. And Trump again edges Clinton among those who feel campaign promises are being kept, 44% to 42%. Another chink in Trump's armor: Only 38% of respondents said he was honest, compared to 74% for Obama and 62% for George W. Bush. The complete poll is here. (Trump, meanwhile, will hold a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday to mark his 100th day in office.)

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