Trump’s approval plummets to 29% making him one of the least popular presidents of all time

President Trump‘s approval rating has plunged to an all-time low of 29%, 9 points lower than it was in August 2020, according to a Pew Research poll released on Friday.

Even among members of the Republican party Trump’s popularity also appears to be sinking with only 60% of Republicans rating President Trump’s job performance positively. In August the figure was at a far healthier 77%. 

The deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 appears to be the driving force behind the president’s falling rating. 

President Trump's approval rating has plummeted after inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol. File photo from June 2020

President Trump's approval rating has plummeted after inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol. File photo from June 2020

President Trump’s approval rating has plummeted after inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol. File photo from June 2020 

Pew Research Center poll suggests only 29% of Americans approve of Trump

Pew Research Center poll suggests only 29% of Americans approve of Trump

Pew Research Center poll suggests only 29% of Americans approve of Trump

The poll suggests sudden drop in support among voters in his own GOP party

The poll suggests sudden drop in support among voters in his own GOP party

The poll suggests sudden drop in support among voters in his own GOP party 

Pictured, protest flags flying in front of the White House and a sign that reads 'Trump Made Bloodshed' ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Pictured, protest flags flying in front of the White House and a sign that reads 'Trump Made Bloodshed' ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Pictured, protest flags flying in front of the White House and a sign that reads ‘Trump Made Bloodshed’ ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration 

His refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden won the election in a free and fair manner is also a factor tarnishing his approval score.

For nearly four years, Trump’s approval ratings have been mainly stable, ranging between the high 30s and high 40s. 

The Pew Research poll found that more than half of Americans (52%) thought President Trump bore ‘a lot’ of responsibility for the riot, with 23% saying he bore ‘some’ responsibility.

The president has continued to deflect any blame for the riot which left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer. 

Since the election, President Trump has seen negativity among those surveyed grow, while the approval of President-elect Biden's conduct appears to be growing

Since the election, President Trump has seen negativity among those surveyed grow, while the approval of President-elect Biden's conduct appears to be growing

Since the election, President Trump has seen negativity among those surveyed grow, while the approval of President-elect Biden’s conduct appears to be growing

The president has continued to deflect any blame for the Capitol riot which left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer

During a rally prior to the riot, President Trump fired up the crowd and urged them to march on the Capitol and ‘fight.’

‘People thought that what I said was totally appropriate,’ he said to reporters earlier this week outside the White House. 

Pew found that 54% of Americans think President Trump should be removed from office while 45% think President Trump should finish his term which has just three days left to run.  

As to the future, Pew found that less than a third of Americans (29%) want to see President Trump continue being a major figure in U.S. politics, while 68% say he should now retire.

As to the future, Pew found that less than a third of Americans (29%) want to see President Trump continue being a major figure in U.S. politics, while 68% say he should now retire

As to the future, Pew found that less than a third of Americans (29%) want to see President Trump continue being a major figure in U.S. politics, while 68% say he should now retire

As to the future, Pew found that less than a third of Americans (29%) want to see President Trump continue being a major figure in U.S. politics, while 68% say he should now retire

Trumps approval rating sees him as one of the least popular American presidents of all time.

Trumps approval rating sees him as one of the least popular American presidents of all time.

Trumps approval rating sees him as one of the least popular American presidents of all time.

Trump’s approval rating sees him as one of the least popular American presidents of all time. 

Trump will join the likes of George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon as presidents who left office with significant majorities disapproving of their job performance. 

When Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace in 1974, just 24% approved of the job he had performed.  

The Pew Research Center poll tallies with that of other polls that show Trump’s ratings in decline.

An ABC News-Washington Post saw Trump’s approval rating at 38%. Quinnipiac calculated 33% approved while Reuters found 35% were in approval of Trump’s performance.  

When Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace in 1974, just 24% approved of the job he had performed. Nixon is pictured as he announces his resignation

When Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace in 1974, just 24% approved of the job he had performed. Nixon is pictured as he announces his resignation

When Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace in 1974, just 24% approved of the job he had performed. Nixon is pictured as he announces his resignation

The lowest approval ratings of presidents while in office  

Harry Truman                       February 1952 22%

Dwight Eisenhower            March 1958 48%

John Kennedy                       September 1963 56%

Lyndon Johnson                  August 1968 35%

Richard Nixon                      July 1974 and August 1974 24%

Gerald Ford                           January 1975 and March 1975 37%

Jimmy Carter                       June 1979 28%

Ronald Reagan                      January 1983 35%

George H.W. Bush               July 1992 29%

Bill Clinton                                June 1993 37%

George W. Bush                   October 2008 25%

Barack Obama                     August 2011, October 2011 and September 2014 38%

Donald Trump                        January 2021 29% 

                                                                                                                               Source: Gallup

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