Trump's approval rating hits new low

US President Donald Trump speaks (centre) before signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2017, with Vice-President Mike Pence (left).
US President Donald Trump speaks (centre) before signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2017, with Vice-President Mike Pence (left).PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON • The newest Gallup daily tracking poll - the first survey released since the doomed Republican healthcare Bill was pulled last Friday - shows United States President Donald Trump's approval rating falling to 36 per cent.

That is both the lowest of his presidency and lower than former president Barack Obama's approval rating ever sank in eight years of Gallup's tracking poll.

The poll was conducted last Friday through Sunday, so some of it was done before the Bill was pulled. But the writing was on the wall when it came to the Bill's fate.

Those are hardly unprecedented numbers. As Gallup notes, Harry Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and both George Bushes all spent time at 35 per cent or below in its polling.

But Mr Trump has got there much faster than his predecessors.

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