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Voters losing faith? Trump’s popularity hits rock bottom

Clashed with gold star military families

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - As Donald Trump’s controversy-ridden presidency continue to face more problems, the tumultuous week, in which he and his administration clashed with gold star military families - saw his popularity take a beating.

According to the latest Gallup tracking survey, Trump’s approval rating has plunged, hitting an all-time low. 

The figures released by Gallup pegged Trump's approval at just 35 percent, down from 38 percent compared to the same period last week.

The rating was just one percentage point higher than his lowest rating ever of 34 percent. 

Trump's disapproval was nearing his all-time high, standing at 60 percent, just one percentage point off from his all-time high of 61 percent in early September. 

Gallup said that it surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults and that its survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

Meanwhile, in a public poll conducted by data-focused website FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s approval rating as of Saturday stood at 37.8 percent - 1.2 percentage points higher than his all-time low of 36.6 percent.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's disapproval on Saturday, stood at 56 percent.

However, overall, Trump remains the most unpopular president in recent history. 

FiveThirtyEight said that in the history of modern polling, no other president had as low an approval rating on day 274 of his presidency. 

It pointed out that the closest was former President Gerald Ford, who stood at 38.4 percent at the same point in his first term. 

Ford's popularity had reportedly plummeted after he pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace amid the Watergate scandal. 

While Ford's decision was seen to be unpopular at the time, it has largely been accepted as a correct and courageous decision years later. 

Meanwhile, at day 274, Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had an average approval rating of 53 percent.

In the FiveThirtyEight tracker, Trump has never come close to even hitting 50 percent.

Shortly after his inauguration, he got as high as 47.8 percent, but quickly fell a few percentage points.

This week, his argument with Florida Representative Frederica Wilson over his statements to gold star military families has sent Trump's approval rating tumbling.

On Saturday, Trump continued his insults of Wilson and said, "I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!"

Other polls analyzing the temperature of American voters on both sides of the aisle have stated that the drop in Trump’s ratings has also led his own voters to lose faith in the man, who they are now openly calling “man-child,” “dictator,” and “evil” on Twitter.

 

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