The poll found that just 35 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, way down from the 45 percent he had in the same poll two months into his tenure in March.
“It marks the worst approval rating in a December of any elected president’s first year in the White House by a wide margin — and only the second time since the dawn of modern polling that a president’s approval rating sank under 50% at this point,” writes CNN’s Ryan Struyk.
By comparison, 59 percent of Americans say they disapprove of Trump’s first year on the job.
George W. Bush had an 86 percent approval rating at this point in his presidency, shortly after the September 11 attacks. President Barack Obama finished his first year with an approval rating over 50 percent.
John F. Kennedy finished his first year with a 77 percent approval, George H.W. Bush was at 71 percent, and Dwight Eisenhower was at 69 percent. Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton all finished in the 50s.
The worst first-year approval rating before Trump belonged to Republican Jesus Ronald Reagan, who finished his first year with just a 49 percent approval rating.
A closer look at Trump’s numbers shows that he only has the support of his own party.
Despite mounting losses and scandals, 85 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency. On the flip side, Trump’s approval among independents is just 33 percent and a mere 4 percent among Democrats.
And while Trump finally got a win in Congress after Republicans passed a rushed and potentially disastrous tax bill, his first big legislative success doesn’t look like it will help buoy his sagging numbers.
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just 24 percent of Americans think the Trump-backed GOP tax plan is a “good idea.” Just 53 percent of Republicans back the tax bill, while 67 percent of Democrats say it’s a “bad idea.”
Trump’s base, rural Americans and white voters without college degrees, are not fans of the bill at all. Just 28 percent of rural Americans and 29 percent of whites without a degree think the bill is a “good idea.”
Two-thirds of Americans believe – accurately – that the bill was designed to mostly help corporations and the wealthy. Just 7 percent believe Trump’s spin that it was designed to mostly benefit the middle class.
According to the Tax Policy Center, 53 percent of Americans would pay more in taxes within a decade compared to what they would have paid under the current system. While individual tax cuts expire in 2025, the corporate tax cut is permanent.
According to the analysis, more than 80 percent of the benefits in the legislation will go to the top 1 percent of earners.
With a bigly unpopular president set to sign a yugely unpopular tax bill passed by a deeply unpopular Republican Party on the heels of a stunning loss in Alabama, the 2018 midterms are looming like a guillotine above the necks of the GOP.