President Trump's Approval Rating Is Lower Than Any Modern President

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President Donald Trump: dismal approval ratings from American Public as he approaches one year mark.

A majority of Americans say President Trump has not accomplished much during his first nine months in office and they have delivered a report card that is far harsher even than the tepid expectations they set for his tenure when he was sworn into office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

The president has pointed to what he sees as significant accomplishments in the area of the economy, with the stock market at record levels, unemployment at 4.1 percent - a 17-year low - and growth in the two most recent quarters at 3 percent. Former President George W. Bush had a 89% approval rating and a 9% disapproval rating - a margin of 80 - at this time in November 2001. Former President Bill Clinton had the next worst, with a net positive of 11 points.

Meanwhile, 65 percent say that he did "not much" or "little or nothing". That marks an increase from the 56 percent who held that view around his 100th day in office. A paltry 26 percent think Trump is doing a good job of improving health care. Less than four in 10 respondents believe he has kept most of his major campaign promises.

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The survey also indicated 51 percent of Americans trust Trump not at all in his handling of the threat posed by North Korea.

The public also doesn't seem to be buying Trump's talking points on his emerging tax plan, with half of Americans saying they oppose the plan, while only 33 percent support it. Six-in-10 also say the plan favors the rich while only 13 percent say it will mainly benefit the middle class.

As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump's team intensifies, a majority (58 percent) approve of Mueller's handling of the investigation; 28 percent disapprove. Manafort and Gates both pleaded not guilty to their charges, while Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Undercutting Trump's pledges to be the "voice" of America's "forgotten men and women", 62 percent now say that the president "doesn't understand their problems", and only 55 percent say that he has brought the change to Washington that he promised during the 2016 campaign.

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