Donald Trump, in comparison with his predecessors, has undeniably struggled with his approval rating during his first few months in office. Six months into his presidency and Donald Trump’s approval rating continues to slide, however, there is some small solace for the president this week as his approval rating is a fraction higher than one other notable former president at the same point during his first term.
According to Newsweek, Donald Trump’s approval rating is currently a fraction higher than former President Bill Clinton’s at the same point during his first term in office. The latest approval rating average for Mr. Trump put him at 39.8 percent on Tuesday. By comparison, on Day 138 of his presidency, Bill Clinton was suffering from an approval rating of just 37.8 percent.
That said, whilst Clinton undeniably had a lower approval rating than the president does now, Trump’s disapproval rating is currently considerably higher than anything Clinton reached. According to the latest Gallup survey, Trump’s disapproval rating currently stands at 57 percent, which is in comparison to Clinton’s peak of 49 percent back in June 1993.
The approval ratings at the time were remarkably low for a president who ultimately went on to secure a second term in the White House. However, at the time, a number of factors were blamed for Clinton’s flailing popularity. A declining economy combined with an ethics controversy over the White House travel office were almost certain to lead to a dip in the polls for Clinton. At the same time, Clinton angered large groups of the electorate with his “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which allowed gay people to serve in the military, but some argued didn’t treat them fairly.
“I never expected that I could take on some of these interests that I’ve taken on without being attacked,” Clinton said about his approval rating at the time. “And whenever you try to change things, there are always people there ready to point out the pain of change without the promise of it, and that’s just all part of it. If I worried about the poll ratings, I’d never get anything done here.”
Clinton’s numbers relatively quickly picked up again, with an approval rating in the mid-40s by the end of June. As aforementioned, he ultimately went on to secure a second term, and by the time he left office, the country gave him a 66 percent approval rating. Today, Clinton is still seen as one of the most popular modern presidents.
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In the 2016 presidential election, Trump was victorious over Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary, who successfully mounted a second presidential campaign and secured the Democratic nomination. Despite both Clinton and Trump’s unpopularity throughout the 2016 campaign, it was widely assumed that the Clinton’s would return to the White House. However, Trump won the perennial swing states of Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa, as well as Clinton’s “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which awarded him an electoral college victory.
Since her loss to Trump in November, Clinton has remained a vocal critic of the president and according to the Inquisitr, last month launched a new political movement, Onward Together.
“The last few months, I’ve been reflecting, spending time with family—and, yes, taking walks in the woods,” she said. “We’re launching Onward Together to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office. More than ever, I believe citizen engagement is vital to our democracy. I’m so inspired by everyone stepping up to organize and lead. This year hasn’t been what I envisioned, but I know what I’m still fighting for a kinder, big-hearted, inclusive America. Onward!”
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