President Donald Trump’s job approval ratings are low in any context, but they look even worse through a historical lens.
Gallup’s latest poll, issued Friday, shows 38 percent of American adults approve of the job Trump is doing as president, and 56 percent disapprove.
Trump, barely two months into his presidency, is well within the “honeymoon period” that other presidents have enjoyed. Despite a wave of high-profile controversies and setbacks, including the failure of the Obamacare repeal bill, his White House has yet to face a recession, a major international incident or any sort of crisis beyond the self-inflicted.
Several challenges that plagued Trump when he was president-elect may have swayed public opinion of him once he got into office. He faced sexual-assault allegations and conflict-of-interest questions over his ties to the Trump foundation. Multiple women accused him of sexual assault. Now, several investigations are looking into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.