Donald Trump Stands Small

Donald Trump has broken yet another U.S. record. But it’s not a record not to be coveted. President Trump is close to wrapping up his first year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year.

That record is according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39% approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump's, at 49%.

Recent surveys show most Americans view Trump as a divisive figure and even question his fitness for office. One relative bright spot for Trump is his handling of the economy, though even there his ratings are not as high as might be expected given a relatively strong economy.

Maybe, if he put down his phone long enough, he could do enough good to shut up his detractors. But that’s a big if!

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