Move Over George Bush, Trump Is Now the Most Unpopular President in the History of Polling

Donald Trump’s incessant boasting is one of his most obnoxious traits — another is the fact that much of his bragging is based on lies — the size of the crowd at his inauguration, for example.

But here’s an achievement Trump has chosen not to boast about. In October 2019 he became the most unpopular president in the history of polling, according to ratings compiled by Gallup.

Trump took the title from George W. Bush, whose popularity took a swan dive from a high of 90% in the aftermath of 9/11 into the thirties for much of his second term. In fact, his approval rating was below 50 percent for 44 months straight, which made him the most unpopular president in the history of polling — until Trump took that title three months ago, his 45th month in office. Trump is now in his 48th month and his popularity has continued to lag below 50 percent.

Public loathing of Trump appears to have benefited George Bush, however. As recently as a year ago, Bush’s popularity had risen to 61 percent — up from 34 percent when he left office in January 2009. Pres. Obama’s approval was at 66 percent in the same poll.


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