A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found President Trump’s approval rating to be at just 36%, down from 42% in April. And 48% of responders said they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance. Comparatively, at this point in their first terms both Barack Obama and George W. Bush held approval ratings of 59%. No president has been this unpopular six months into his term in 70 years.
Disapproving respondents cited the Trump family’s incredibly sketchy dealings with Russia, the wildly unpopular Republican healthcare bill, and the truly embarrassing sight Trump strikes when dealing with other world leaders. Crazily enough, despite the trail of dislocated shoulders his handshakes leave in their wake, two-thirds of Americans don’t have faith in his ability to negotiate with other world leaders, and around half feel that the country’s leadership has weakened during his presidency.
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As usual, the president responded via Twitter. In a seeming effort to cover all possible bases, he suggested that the poll might be inaccurate, inflated his reported approval rating, and proposed that being hated by 60% of his constituents was perhaps not that bad.
If you’re ever feeling lonely in your despair about the state of our nation, check out this visual that illustrates just how much company you have.