His presidency started out with soft approval numbers, though not abysmal. The past month, however, seems to have sent President Trump’s approval rating down the drain, and it’s believed that the trainwreck over the ObamaCare repeal bill may be somewhat to blame.

Report from Investor’s Business Daily:

Just 34% of the public approve of the job President Trump is doing, as his support among Republicans and independents tumbles, according to the April IBD/TIPP poll. Fifty six percent disapprove of the job he’s doing. Approval ratings for a president haven’t been this low President Bush’s last months in office.

Last month, 40% of independents approved of the job Trump is doing; just 29% approve today. Among Republicans, Trump’s job approval is 74%, which represents a 14-point decline from last month.

The latest IBD/TIPP poll was taken from March 24-30, and includes responses from 904 people across the country, giving it a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points.

Here’s the chart covering back to May of last year under the Obama administration tracks what IBD calls the “Presidential Leadership Index.” Note the sharp decline as of this month:

Trump Approval Rating

The numbers are bad across the board:

He lost significant support among his strongest backers: white men (which dropped from 58% in March to 49% today), and rural America, which went from 56% to 41% today.

Just over a third (37%) rate Trump’s handling of the economy as “good” or “excellent,” which is down from 43% last month. Only a quarter of those polled give him top marks on his handling of health care.

And 35% now say that Trump is providing strong leadership for the country, compared with 49% who say it is weak.

The biggest downturn may be the 14 point drop with Republican voters. Trump’s relentless attacks on the House Freedom Caucus, which is basically the present-day Tea Party voice in Congress, probably drove this number. Trump will always have a floor of support since his personality and historic candidacy will court a population of voters for years to come. However, he is losing a lot of ground when it comes to negotiating with Congress on both sides. The worse his numbers become, the less encouragement there is for weary Republicans and skeptical Democrats to take a chance and compromise with him on major issues.

Let this stand as evidence that it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver, than it is to over-promise and under-deliver on your first major legislative push.

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  1. As I said elsewhere, Americans like to see action–even if the bills actually hurt them, personally. We don’t like investigations and we don’t like talk.

    I predict that Trump will find a way to change a lot of things, and his approval rating will be in the 60s by summer.

  2. This article is nothing if not premature. What happened to the 100 day honeymoon? What has happened to the concept of at least attempting to work together? Since the Democrats were rejected by the voters their has been one long sulk amd obstruction on their part.?

    Has President Trump had failures, sure he has. I guess if you don’t fail now and then it simply means that you aren’t trying. Have the proposals he has come up with for the betterment and protection of this country been fought tooth and nail by liberal judges, yes they have.?

    His poll numbers will increase as the implementation of some of his campaign promises take place. If a promise helps you personally, be you Democrat, Republican, Independent or anything else then all of a sudden your outlook changes. This holds true for most people, however if you are a Democratic zealot, President Trump could walk on water and it wouldn’t matter to you.

    • What happened to the concept of at least attempting to work together?

      Ask the GOP. Look at how Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Jim DeMint , Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign, Bob Corker, Newt Gingrich, and Frank Luntz all met in the Caucus Room on the night of Obama’s first inauguration who literally plotted, in secret, to undermine the United States and set about to block everything he tried to do.

      At that meeting they plotted to suddenly stop supporting any Stimulus Legislation, even though, they all supported similar Bush/Cheney stimulus legislation.

      This conspiracy had three major objectives.

      1) Obstruction – knowing the corporate media would call it “gridlock” as if the Democrats were responsible too – to prevent or retard Obama’s having any legislative success.

      2) Sabotage any legislative victories that the president did manage to win – like the GOP’s PPACA – and convince the American people that they were actually failures.

      3) Blame all the economic damage caused by Republicans on both parties and then come out in a critical election like 2014 and say that Republicans are the party that will make things right in Washington as if the state of the economy was the Democrats’ fault.

      And the rubes fell for it.

      Surprise!

      Two months after Paul Ryan’s covert meeting where they plotted to sabotage the US Economy, Pete Sessions said Republicans should follow the model of the Taliban in its battles against President Obama in March 2009.

      Now ask yourself what happened to the concept of at least attempting to work together?

      Democrats were not “rejected by the voters”. Pay attention.

      The only proposal your latest god der Schmuckenf├╝hrer has made that fits your criterion of “proposals he has come up with for the betterment and protection of this country” has been his scrapping of the TPP.

      Your last sentence was certainly true of the GOP’s and their sycophants’ attitude toward Obama.

      • All of the voters in the big liberal states still do not overwhelm the voters in the by far more numerous smaller states. I believe it is called the ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

        The presidential election isn’t a popularity contest. I think you should google it and verify what I am telling you is factual.

        • You didn’t mention anything about the electoral college in your comment. You said the Democratic Party was rejected by THE VOTERS. The voters clearly chose Hillary.

          • Let me see if I can explain this to you in understandable terms.

            1. By population, each state is given a certain amount of votes in the ELECTORAL college.

            2. The population of CA, NY, IL are large, therefore they have a greater voice in the ELECTORAL college.

            3. A candidate in the general election can win a state by one vote or they can get all of the votes in that state. They will only be awarded all of that states electoral votes.

            4. Having a flood of votes from one or more states, doesn’t get you anything more than the electoral college votes of that state.

            Do you see where I am going with this. Just because the Wicked Witch was the darling of a few big states doesn’t mean squat.?

            Does CA have more of a population than say WY? Of course they do, but when you add all of the ELECTORAL college votes from all of the smaller states, you are left with President Trump. Poor Billary can take solace in knowing that she is loved in some places, but alas not enough places.?

            I hope that this will help you understand the system. If you can’t understand it perhaps you will no longer be in DENIAL over the outcome of the presidential election.?

            • I thought the points I laid out were self explanatory. If the overwhelming majority for the soon to be jailed Wicked Witch was from a few densely populated states, then you are right. She was wanted by the voters, the voters of densely populated states blue states.?

              I wonder if those that wanted her will send letters to the PANTSUIT PACHYDERM letters when she is in GITMO??

            • A majority of all voters chose Hillary. Like I said from the beginning. Why does this trigger you so?

              I readily admit that Trump won states where nobody lives.

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