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Poll: Trump Q1 Approval Ratings At Record Low

The approval ratings for President Donald Trump's first quarter are in, and according to one polling firm, Trump's numbers are the lowest for any U.S. president in recorded history.

To determine the approval rating for President Trump's first quarter, Gallup Daily tracking compiled statistics from Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration to April 19. 

Trump came in with a first-quarter approval rating of 41 percent, by far the lowest in the history of Gallup polling. The second-lowest was Bill Clinton, who still ended his first quarter with majority approval at 55 percent.

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

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Trump's approval rating peaked immediately after he took office and hit its lowest point after the GOP ObamaCare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act, failed to get through Congress.

Gallup's news about President Trump's first-quarter approval ratings comes as his administration makes some moves 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.

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"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 the predicament, President Trump's antics may prove to 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 Gallup shows record lows for Trump, the president tweeted a Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll that put him at a 50 percent approval rating, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Rasmussen report actually showed ratings of 49 percent, though the daily tracking poll still gave Trump considerably better numbers than Gallup's presidential approval ratings.

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