The majority of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump and the work he did during his first week in the White House, according to a Gallup poll tracking presidents’ approval ratings.
As of Saturday, the Gallup daily tracking poll showed that Trump had a disapproval rating of 51 percent, while his approval rating was at 42 percent. His average approval rating over his first week in office was 45 percent while the average disapproval rating was 48 percent.
That means Trump reached a majority disapproval in what is likely record time — just eight days. For reference, it wasn’t until August 2011 that Barack Obama reached a majority disapproval in the daily survey, while George W. Bush didn’t reach a majority disapproval until his second term in June 2005, according to Gallup’s data.
Days until achieving MAJORITY disapproval from @Gallup
Bush I: 1336
Bush II: 1205
Trump: 8. days. pic.twitter.com/kv2fy0Qsbp
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) January 29, 2017
And the numbers aren’t likely to get better for Trump anytime soon, who was already disliked by a large portion of the American populace coming into the White House. His 51 percent disapproval was calculated before the fallout of his recent immigration and refugee executive order, which dominated the weekend’s news cycle.
That executive order, signed last Friday, temporarily halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days while temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen — from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
The fallout of the order was almost immediate as refugees in transit to the U.S. were detained at U.S. ports of entry Friday night into Saturday. When news broke of the detainments, demonstrators began gathering at airports across the nation. Democratic Senate leaders have also since announced legislation that seeks to rescind the executive order.
In addition to the controversy over the executive order, hundreds of thousands of women descended on Washington D.C., and on major cities across the country last weekend to protest Trump and his inauguration.
The Gallup daily tracking poll is calculated by surveying the responses of 1,500 Americans.