President Donald Trump is literally becoming more unpopular by the day.
According to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll of Trump’s approval and disapproval ratings, only 40 percent of Americans say they approve of the job Trump is doing while an overwhelming 55 percent say they disapprove —a 15-point disparity.
In just the last week, following new legal developments surrounding his controversial immigration executive order temporarily halting the U.S. refugee resettlement program and barring travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump’s disapproval rating went up five points while his approval rating went down four.
Trump assumed the presidency last month with an even approval and disapproval rating: 45 percent. But it took Trump just eight days in office to reach a majority disapproval after he issued a slew of executive orders during his first week as president, making good on campaign promises. Before Trump, no other president in American history had a majority disapproval so soon into office.
Trump’s ratings leveled off during the first days of February, but they made drastic changes once the legal system — first in federal district court then in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — began to rule against him and his controversial executive order.
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) February 13, 2017
By comparison, former President Barack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009 with an approval rating in the mid-60s, while his disapproval rating was barely over 20 percent. Obama’s approval remained above 60 percent through his first three months in office, while his disapproval remained below 30 percent.
Former President George W. Bush, on the other hand, also had very low disapproval ratings in his first days in office. It began at 25 percent and bottomed out at 21 percent by the end of his first month in office. He also had an approval rating of more than 60 percent during his first month.