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Trump has set a record lower than any of his predecessors

36.6 percent approval

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - Donald Trump has finally done it - he has set a record, something that none of his predecessors ever did - an approval rating so low and so consistent that he is now being dubbed the least popular president in modern history.

With his approval ratings across the country hitting new lows in August, the polls have not painted a happy picture for America’s not-so-new commander-in-chief.

In August, Trump's ratings hit rock bottom as the beleaguered U.S. president struggled to get a grip of his flailing administration that faced one of its bigger tests this month - that of keeping the country united in the face violent clashes at a right-wing rally in Virginia that led to the death of a woman. 

However, Trump’s response to the clashes managed turn the split more deeper. 

Now, according to the latest poll-of-polls compiled by FiveThirtyEight, 57.2 percent of U.S. voters currently disapprove of Trump while just 36.9 percent approve.

The figures are the worst than at any point in Trump's presidency before August. 

They are however, slightly better than Trump's all time low, which was recorded on August 7 at 57.4 percent disapproval rating versus 36.6 percent approval.

Pollsters have declared that Trump is suffering the worst ratings in modern history for any president at this stage of their first term at the White House.

Amidst all the ups and downs that his presidency has faced so far, polls show that August has been a particularly chaotic month in the White House.

It started off with the fallout of Anthony Scaramucci's 10-day stint as the White House communications chief and the subsequently resignation of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on July 31.

In terms of the administration size, Special advisor Steve Bannon was next out the door, disputing claims that he was pushed.

Following Bannon, deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka resigned on August 25.

The month was also marked by the suddenly all-too-real threat of a nuclear war with North Korea.

August also witnessed the multiple investigations into Trump and his administration's alleged links to the Russian state progressing dramatically, punctuating the controversy filled month, with nothing but more controversy.

However, August 2017 will likely go down in Trump history for the President’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, when hundreds of right wing demonstrators gathered to protest the removal of Confederate Army general's statue.

The group included men in KKK outfits and waving Swastikas and were met by around 1,000 counter protesters. 

The violence erupted as the two groups clashed on the streets and 20-year-old Nazi sympathiser James Fields allegedly drove his car into a group of counter-demonstrators, injuring at least 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

In the aftermath of the alleged homicide, Trump faced massive and widespread backlash for claiming that "there is blame on both sides."

He said, “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I'll say it right now.”

 

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