Donald Trump the least popular President in US history
Donald Trump is the least popular president in US history.
Despite having only been in office two full weeks, the new POTUS has already suffered a sharp decline in popularity.
Controversial policies such as the Muslim Ban – now suspended thanks to the courts – and attacks on popular figures such as Meryl Streep have damaged his reputation.
Such unpopularity is unprecedented for a new president.
However President Trump has hit back – claiming, predictably, that such polling is “fake news”.
A CNN/ORC International poll found that 53% of respondents disapprove of the way their new president acts.
Just 44% gave Trump a positive review.
The unpopularity is unprecedented for a new president – giving him the shortest tenure of positive poll ratings since polling began.
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At this point in Barack Obama’s presidency, the 44th president enjoyed 76% popularity.
George H.W. Bush had 53%, and President Reagan 51% at the same point of their presidencies.
John F Kennedy’s stood at 72%, while Bill Clinton’s and Richard Nixon’s both stood at 59%.
Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, has also caused controversy among Democrats.
“I have never felt the least whiff from him of homophobia or intolerance toward gay people,” said Joshua Goodbaum, who worked as a law clerk for Gorsuch in 2009.