Thursday 23rd November, 2017
35 ℉ | 62 ℉Baton Rouge

WASHINGTON, U.S. - The Republicans are struggling to repeal and replace Obamacare, that the President touted as a failure.

The White House continues to defend it’s leader’s wiretapping allegations against his predecessor Barack Obama.

The much detested travel ban faces an uphill legal battle after suffering initial defeat and failing to impress in its second round too.

Engulfed in these issues, ever since the start of his controversial presidency - have left the President feeling blue. 

And the numbers reflect it too. 

According to polling website Gallup, Trump has hit a new low in his job approval rating, that sunk to 37 percent, the lowest point recorded in his presidency so far.

Earlier in February, he hit the previous bottom number of 38 percent.  

In comparison, at the same point during his first term, according to the same Gallup polling, President Obama’s approval rating was between 62 and 63 percent - a vast 25-point difference.  

Further, Gallup said that Obama’s numbers never dipped below 40 percent during his presidency - and Trump has already hit a lower approval rating than his predecessor ever did. 

The approval rating was released by Gallup to round out what has been a very difficult week for the Republican president. 

Gallup draws out its statistics through daily surveys that it conducts by making over 1,500 calls to individuals each day to ascertain their opinions on the president.   

They estimate their margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

The polling website has said that disapproving sentiments of Trump's performance have been steadily declining throughout the last month.

It further recorded an even lower approval rate of just 31 percent amongst Jewish Americans.

The biggest problem facing the presidency currently is the new healthcare plan, the American Health Care Act announced on March 6, and the uphill struggle that the Republicans are facing to gain support for the plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.”

However, as the legislation goes in for a vote on Thursday, Republicans continue to be criticized over many aspects of it. 

Further, the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll, which Trump has himself publicly cited, rated the president at 48 percent approval, which it said was an improvement from the 45 percent approval recorded earlier and a drop from the 55 percent recorded last week. 

In comparison, Bill Clinton too suffered an early sub-40 percent approval rating early in his first year in office.

He, however, worked his way up over the next eight years and his approval rating managed to stay in high 50s and low 60s until the end of his presidency.

Another poll, the latest one by Fox News, conducted between March 12 and 14, amongst 1,008 registered voters, however seems to resonate Gallup’s numbers. 

It said that Trump's approval with the American people fell five percentage points since February to 43 percent in the latest survey.

According to the Fox News survey, only 35 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of health care so far - indicating that this is the main reason his approval rating has nose dived.  

The same survey also revealed that half of U.S. citizens now view Obamacare favorably and they vastly believed that the way the whole thing was handled was the reason many Americans had a change of heart.

Further, it revealed that only 33 percent approve of his handling of Russia and a not-so-shocking figure of 16 percent voters, who approved of the president’s tweeting habits.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of voters approve of Trump's handling of the economy and 45 percent of his handling of terrorism.

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