The Donald isn’t winning the popularity contest
President Trump is fond of touting his popularity, despite evidence to the contrary—like, losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. Here’s some more: About a month after his inauguration, a Gallup poll shows that Trump’s 45 percent approval rating is 16 percent below the average for newly elected presidents and well lower than any other president in the poll’s history. Ronald Reagan held the previous low—53 percent—in February 1981. By comparison, Barack Obama’s approval rating was 64 percent in mid-February 2009 and John F. Kennedy holds the record at 72 percent in 1961.