New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
UPDATE April 24 5:49 a.m. EST: Trump didn't seem fazed by recent polls.
...popular vote. ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017
He insisted he would "still" beat Clinton in the popular vote.
ORIGINAL STORY: The first 100 days of a presidency are typically a honeymoon period. But for President Trump, whose 100th day will be April 29, that's not exactly the case -- with one big exception.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, Trump's approval rating is 42 percent, with 53 percent disapproving. That's the lowest of any president at this point since 1945. But those who voted for Trump aren't fazed. 96 percent of those who voted for him in November would do so again.
No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
Trump has dismissed the utility of the popular 100-day benchmark.
Key numbers from the poll:
- 67 percent of respondents say the Democratic Party is out of touch with most Americans. That tops both Trump and the Republican Party.
- 53 percent see Trump as a strong leader.
- 46 percent say he's handling the North Korea situation "about right," with 37 percent saying he's too aggressive.
- 34 percent approve of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner having prominent jobs in the administration.
- 58 percent said the courts have acted appropriately in blocking his travel bans.
For context, at this time in his presidency, Barack Obama had a 69 percent approval rating, and 77 percent saw him as a strong leader. In 2014, he was seen by 53 percent of respondents as too cautious with foreign policy.
If the election were somehow mulliganed, Trump would likely still defeat Hillary Clinton. 85 percent of her voters said they'd vote for her again, with others saying they'd prefer another candidate or not vote at all.
Trump's approval ratings by demographics:
- White: 54 percent
- Non-white: 19 percent (6 percent among black voters, 22 percent among Hispanic voters)
- Evangelical white Protestant Christians: 73 percent
- Men: 48 percent
- Women: 35 percent
- 18-29-year-olds: 33 percent
- 65-year-olds and over: 48 percent
Why 100 days?
The 100-day mark has long been a popular yardstick for presidential performance, but it isn't always the best predictor of a president's overall popularity. The numbers tend to drop after the first 100 days. For instance, President Harry Truman had a 100-day approval rating of 87 percent, but his career average was just 47 percent -- roughly the same as Gerald Ford, who had a dismal 48 percent approval rating 100 days after taking office.