Reports are claiming that Donald Trump's approval ratings are at historic lows. According to The Hill, an outlet who has been closely following Trump's declining approval ratings since he ascended to the presidency, reports that Trump's latest approval rating is a mere 35%.
This is very unprecedented. All first-time US presidents since Eisenhower have had an approval rate upward of 48% during their first December in office. The Hill also reports that President Trump is more unpopular than any first-time president in the history of modern America, or at least since the public began recording polls on the popularity of the US president.
Interestingly, however, Hillary Clinton's is just as bad. According to CNN, the former 2016 presidential candidate's favorability rating has also dropped to a new low.
CNN writes that a new Gallup poll released on Tuesday demonstrates that Clinton's approval rating is a mere 36%. On top of that, 61% of those polled actually viewed Clinton in an unfavorable manner. Gallup said this beat out her previous low of 38%, which she has not seen since the general election last year and in 1992 when she wasn't yet a household name.
Gallup's poll suggests that Clinton has seen a mighty 5 point drop in her favorability rating since June when the poll found that her favorability rating was closer to 41% — still a low number, but still higher than her historic low.
Clinton's highest approval ratings were seen when Bill Clinton was president and when the former presidential candidate was secretary of state under Barack Obama.
The low approval ratings attributed to Clinton are important for one reason. As Republicans worry that the upcoming 2018 elections will be bad as they try to retain their slim majority in the Senate, there is a reason to believe that the Democratic Party, particularly the side of the party that aligns closely with the former first lady, is just as unpopular.
This might also be good for President Trump. In the aftermath of the recent Alabama election, where Judge Roy Moore lost to Democratic candidate Doug Jones, political commentators have been suggesting that Trump's 2020 prospects could be bleak. But a poll like this seems to suggest the opposite.
Rather than suggesting that Trump's chances for re-election in 2020 might be low, it seems to suggest that American voters could be unhappy with both parties.
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