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Trump set a new low for a second quarter presidential approval rating


President Trump has the lowest average job approval rating of any second quarter in the White House in history, according to a new Gallup poll.

Gallup reported Friday that Trump’s average of about 39 percent job approval is the worst average for the period spanning April 20 through July 19.

Former President Bill Clinton’s approximately 44 percent during the same window in 1993 is the only other time a president has sank below majority approval at a similar point.

Gallup reported that the average approval rating of presidents in their second quarter is 62 percent, meaning Trump’s score is 23 points below the historical norm.

Some Twitter users on Friday questioned the poll’s validity, accusing Gallup of bias against Trump’s presidency.

Other people on the social media platform said that the found the survey’s results about Trump unsurprising.

Gallup also reported Friday that Trump set its low for a first quarter presidential job approval rating, averaging about 41 percent from Jan. 20 to April 19.

Trump additionally set a record low for an initial job approval rating, according to Gallup, becoming the first president to score below majority approval after entering the White House.

America’s 45th president started his first term in office with an average of 45 percent approving of him following his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Gallup additionally reported that Trump had not yet notched a single job approval rating higher than 50 percent, averaging 40 percent overall during the first six months into his term.

Trump defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton last November after an often bitter election campaign season.

Gallup conducted its latest poll of 52,765 U.S. adults via telephone interviews from April 20 to July 19. It has a 1 percent margin of error.

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