Job Approval Numbers at Historic Low
Job approval numbers for President Donald Trump continue to range at historic lows for new presidents. After one month of being in office his overall job approval rating is 39 percent. Fifty-one percent of Americans disapprove of his performance while 10 percent don’t have an opinion.
Job Approval Numbers vs “Fine-Tuned Machine”
President Trump describes his administration as a “fine-tuned machine.” Forty-nine percent of Americans say it is more disorganized than previous administrations at this point in time. There is some concern about Trump’s ability to handle an international crisis. Presently, sixty-two percent are concerned about his approach. Thirty-five percent say they are confident about his ability to deal with an international crisis. There is a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans with 92 percent of Democrats uneasy with his approach while 75 percent of Republicans are confident.
In other areas, such as his understanding of complicated problems a President has to deal with, 57 percent believe he does not have a clear plan for solving the issues of the country. Again there is a difference of opinion between Democrats and Republicans. Nine in 10 Democrats believe he does not have a clear understanding while eight in 10 Republicans believe he does.
History shows us that there are generally two points where a President’s job approval are usually at their highest. One of these points comes at the beginning of their term. This is when the public is usually willing to give the President a chance. The other comes at the end of their term.
If Trump cannot reach beyond a 50 percent job approval, during his first month in office, it appears he will be far lower, at some point, and that his Presidency will be weaker and more ineffective than it already appears to be.