Poll: Trump Q1 Approval Ratings At Record Low

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The approval ratings for President Donald Trump's first quarter are in, and one source puts his standing lower than any other Gallup-ranked US President.

To surmise the approval rating for President Trump's first quarter, Gallup Daily tracking compiled stats from Trump's January 20 inauguration to April 19. 

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The results marked President Trump's first quarter job approval rating at 41 percent, whereas their next lowest comparable ranking had Bill Clinton at a 55 percent approval rating.

The late John F. Kennedy led the pack with a Gallup first quarter presidential approval rating of 74 percent. The average first quarter stat was a 61 percent approval rating for all presidents since the start of Gallup tracking.

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Thus far, Trump's presidency has seen a peak approval rating immediately after he took office, and a personal low after the GOP ObamaCare replacement bill, named the American Health Care Act, was blocked.

President Trump's first quarter approval ratings come amid a move toward more establishment-friendly politics, according to The Hill.

However, the new agenda may prove to alienate some of President Trump's original supporters.

"Either his hardcore supporters will come to the view that he has got to do certain things to build and expand the base, to protect the party's interests and to set himself up for reelection — or they will be highly offended and take that out on the president," said Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

"We saw that in 2006, when core supporters of George Bush deserted him."

Some pundits believe that President Trump needs to reach across the aisle, as well as widen his base of support within his own party.

"To deliver on some of his promises in the first term, he is going to have to cut deals to bring Democrats along," said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak.

"The current dynamic is not putting any pressure on Democratic elected officials. In fact, the pressure is really not to partner with the White House on anything right now. Democrats are saying it is less risky to oppose Trump than to support him."

To compound this predicament, President Trump's antics may prove to be too be another obstacle to accomplishing his agenda, according to one GOP strategist.

"His personality doesn't lend itself to broad-based popularity," said GOP strategist Rick Tyler.

"People are either going to like him, or they're not going to like him. The bigger question is whether they like what he does."

Though certain approval ratings may show record lows, President Trump tweeted a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll that put him at a 50 percent approval rating, according to the LA Times.

The Rasmussen report actually showed ratings of 49 percent, though the daily tracking poll showed a significantly higher reading than Gallup Q1 presidential approval ratings.

Sources: Gallup, The Hill, Los Angeles Times, Rasmussen Reports/Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr