Donald Trump was elected the 45th president after campaigning with his slogan – Make America great again – and resumed office in 2017.
This surprise victory of a new politician demonstrated that Americans were eager to disrupt the political scene in hopes of change.
He thrived on the support of highly expectant voters who could not be discouraged in their quest for change. Thus, with Trump at the helm of the Republican seat, campaigning against Democrat representative – Hillary Clinton, expectations were high as to his performance in office towards rekindling the American dream, however, this was not so, as the highly outspoken and ‘no care for the emotional effects’ president went about his activities with a chip on his shoulder and an attitude of total nonchalance, putting laws into effect and engaging in unsavory practices, such as his immigration laws and various media outbursts.
As monitored and recorded by Gallup, upon assumption of office in January 2017, his job approval ratings were at 45%, this record wavered steadily till about May of that same year, when it began a steady decline, to an average of 37%, most will say this was as a result of his various shocking actions such as firing the FBI director. Prior to this time, only once had the director of the FBI been fired, and this was on the grounds of ethical violations and only after a judicial investigation; however, Trump fired Comey almost as a direct effect of his handling of cases and investigations surrounding himself and his allies.
According to a post in the Intelligencer, the now ex-president practically confessed to obstruction of justice. He went on to declare the mainstream media the enemy of the people. One could conclude this phase was the first eye-opening period for Americans.
In April and May 2018, he received approval ratings upwards of 40% up to 42%, according to Wikipedia, more than 103k jobs were created in March, and the unemployment rate was stable till April. Wages also grew by 2.6% in this same period. At the beginning of the quarter, he was down 4.9% from the initial rating upon assuming office. A record 45% approval rating was noticed in week 73, commencing June 11.
In February 2020, he hit a new record of 49%, amid the initial phase of the coronavirus and he received high scores from Americans for his initial response. An obvious and steady reduction commenced in May as a result of his handling of the death of George Floyd, several racial protests, and the continued effects, and his response to the pandemic, this persisted till Dec, closing out at 39%. It is easy to see the effects of his decisions were long in coming but were foremost on everyone’s mind and this eventually led to his less than regal ousting from the presidency and ultimately from any other subsequent race.
In January 2021, approval ratings for ex-president Trump were at a record low of 34%. It is important to mention that he is the only president to never hit a 50% job approval rating at any point during his tenure since the Gallup poll commenced – see what I mean?
Trump becomes the 11th president who failed to win re-election. Gallup further notes that Trump is now the 4th US incumbent president defeated for re-election since it started its polling, and the second one to have a lower rating post-election.
Gerald Ford, one of the 4 previous presidents had lower approval ratings after he pardoned Nixon in 1974, and even with this, he made an average of 50% and recorded an increase in rating post-election.
Jimmy Carter, another ex-president who missed it at re-election, had a much lower rating falling below 30% and closed out at 34%, wherein a loss of approval from party followership was noted.
George H.W. Bush had extremely high ratings during his first years in office, however, the numbers steadily declined with the economy at the time. He also closed out with a weak 34% compared to previous ratings when he assumed office.
For Trump, his markedly low rating post-election could be linked to his reaction to the election results and subsequently his prompting of the assault on the capitol building.
Final job approval ratings by party identification also showed a 14% decrease by fellow republicans and a 28% reduction from independents telling us that even his party members disapproved of the job he did.