The latest Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows Trump at a historic low compared with prior presidents in their first weeks in office.
The poll found just 39 percent approve of his job performance while 56 percent disapprove.
By comparison, President Barack Obama’s approval was at 64 percent in the February after he began his first term. President George W. Bush had a 53 percent approval rating in his first month in office. His father, President George H.W. Bush, had a 63 percent approval rating, while President Bill Clinton had a 56 percent approval rating. President Ronald Reagan had a 55 percent approval rating.
The poll found opinion on Trump is sharply polarized — 75 percent either strongly approve or strongly disapprove of the president.
The poll found that 60 percent believe Trump has kept his promises and 54 percent believe in his ability to get things done. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed do not believe Trump is "even-tempered" while just 28 percent believe he is.
The Pew Research Center survey of 1,503 adults was conducted Feb. 7–12.
Poll: Trump's approval rating sinks below 40 percent
President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, according to a poll released Thursday.
The new Pew Research Center poll shows that Trump's rating is historically low when compared with other presidents during their respective first weeks in office.
According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump's job performance.
To put Trump's numbers in perspective, President Barack Obama saw a 64 percent rating in his first February as president back in 2009. During his first month as president, George W. Bush had a 53 percent approval rating, while President Bill Clinton had a 56 percent approval rating. President Ronald Reagan had a 55 percent approval rating.
While Thursday's Pew poll has a historically low rating for the president, Rasmussen's daily Presidential Tracking Poll, which traditionally is more positive for Republicans, paints a different picture showing Trump with a 55 percent approval rating -- a 16 point-difference from the Pew poll.
The Pew poll also found that when asked if Trump makes them feel "proud" 65 percent of survey takers said "no." However, it's a different story when looking at Republicans who were surveyed with 72 percent saying the president makes them proud.
The survey of 1,503 adults was conducted Feb. 7–12.
President Trump has gone on the offense against polling recently, saying that all negative polls are "fake news."
"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting," tweeted Trump.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 38% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2. (see trends).
Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Questions are growing about the source of top-secret information leaked to the media to hurt the Trump administration. A plurality (47%) of voters believe America’s intelligence agencies have their own political agenda.
Nearly half (48%) also believe most reporters are biased against the president. Only 12% think they are biased for Trump, while 31% feel most reporters try to be fair and balanced. Needless to say, Republicans and Democrats strongly disagree in their assessments of the media.
While the president’s refugee freeze is tied up in the courts, the State Department has sped up acceptance of newcomers from the Middle Eastern terrorist havens targeted by the freeze. Most voters think that’s making America less safe.
How aggressively do voters want to deport those who overstay their visas here. We’ll tell you at 10:30.
Most voters support Trump’s plan to halt refugees and visas from certain countries until these newcomers can be properly vetted to screen out potential terrorists.
The president feels strongly that federal government overregulation is hurting the economy and has signed an executive order mandating that every time a government agency adds a regulation, it needs to cut two others. Most Republicans approve of Trump’s two-for-one deregulation plan; most Democrats don't.
But voters have long felt that Wall Street got off lightly after the economic meltdown in September 2008. This helps explain why voters, including Republicans, favor more government regulation of the U.S. financial system.
Hillary Clinton recently declared that "the future is female." Thirty-six percent (36%) of women (36%) agree, compared to 28% of men.
Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.
To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.