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Trump Job Approval Falters After a Month of Higher Ratings

Trump Job Approval Falters After a Month of Higher Ratings

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After a strong February, President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dipped four percentage points, to 39%, matching his rating from December at the start of the 35-day partial government shutdown.

Line graph. President Trump’s job approval rating since October 2018, currently 39%.

The latest poll was conducted March 1-10, just after Trump's second denuclearization summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement. At the same time, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was front and center as Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, provided potentially incriminating evidence during testimony on Capitol Hill. A weaker-than-expected jobs report toward the end of the polling period also may have contributed to a more tepid approval rating for the president, whose greatest perceived strength has been his handling of the economy.

On a relative basis, Trump's average approval rating since taking office is the lowest of any U.S. president dating back to Harry Truman. Trump's personal high rating, 45%, has been achieved twice in his presidency -- in the first week of his term and in June 2018, after his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. His lowest rating, 35%, was seen several times throughout 2017, his first year in office.

Approval of Trump remains sharply polarized -- 90% of Republicans, 33% of independents and 4% of Democrats currently approve. Republicans' and Democrats' ratings have not deviated much over the course of Trump's presidency, but independents have been somewhat more variable in their views.

Explore President Trump's approval ratings and compare them with those of past presidents in the Gallup Presidential Job Approval Center.

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