US President Donald Trump will leave office on January 20 with an approval rating of 34 percent, the lowest of his entire term, and 8 points lower than the previous record of October 2020, according to a study by SSRS for CNN.
In contrast, 62 percent of Americans reject Trump’s performance, also the highest number of his time in the White House. Among Trump’s Republican Party voters, approval has also fallen since October, specifically by 14 points, but 80 percent consider his management favorable.
As for the impeachment process opened against the president, 54 percent consider that he should be removed as a result of the assault on the Capitol by his supporters on January 6, a figure higher than that of the first impeachment of Trump, in late 2019 and early 2020.
Thirty-six percent of Americans view the assault on the Capitol as a crisis for democracy and 39 percent view it as a major problem. Additionally, 65 percent believe Joe Biden achieved a legitimate victory in the Nov. 3 election, while 23 percent support conspiracy theories, including 58 percent of Republican voters.
Fifty-five percent believe Trump is largely responsible for the robbery on Capitol Hill, 92 percent among Democrats and 13 percent among Republicans.
Another 55 percent consider Trump’s term a failure, compared to 41 percent who consider it a success. 85 percent believe that Trump has changed the country, but 55 percent believe that he has changed for the worse, the first data in the historical series in this regard.
Only five presidents have left office with less than 40 percent approval according to Gallup studies since the 1940s: Jimmy Carter, Donald Trump (34 percent), Harry Truman (32 percent), George W. Bush (31 percent) and Richard Nixon (24 percent).
The economy remains Trump’s strong suit, with 53 percent supporting his economic management. In the coronavirus, 36 percent support his measures, and in matters of racism only 34 percent do. Only 36 percent support his management in immigration, the flagship of his election campaign in 2016.
As for the Republican Party, only 19 percent believe that Trump should continue to be considered the leader of the party. Among Republican voters, 47 percent believe it, compared to 48 percent who believe they should turn the page.
The study is the result of 1,003 telephone interviews conducted between January 9 and 14 with a significant sample of the US population. It has a margin of error of plus minus 3.7 percentage points.