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CNN reports that recent polling they have conducted puts Donald Trump’s approval ratings at the end of his first year in office in a never-before-seen basement. At 35 percent approval, Trump’s is the lowest of any president at the end of his first year in office.

It marks the worst approval rating in a December of any elected president’s first year in the White House by a wide margin — and only the second time since the dawn of modern polling that a president’s approval rating sank under 50% at this point. A broad 59% of Americans said they disapprove of how Trump is handling his job as president.

George W. Bush ended his first calendar year at 86% approval, John F. Kennedy hit 77%, George H.W. Bush reached 71% and Dwight Eisenhower hit 69%.
Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all finished their first calendar year with approval ratings in the mid-to-high 50s.
The good news for Trump is that the previous holder of this dubious award was Ronald Reagan, who while being one of the worst presidents in the history of our country has been whitewashed over the years by conservatives. Today, he is something of a Republican saint.

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