Trump Is The Most Unpopular President To Seek Reelection Since Gerald Ford


President Trump starts out the new year at a disadvantage in the polls; Gerald Ford was the only president less popular.

How popular is Donald Trump? On Jan. 1, 42.6 percent of Americans approved of President Trump’s job performance, according to FiveThirtyEight

For President Trump, his average approval rating is the second-lowest of any recent president on the first day of their reelection year. Only Gerald Ford was less popular, at 39.3 percent on Jan. 1, 1976.

Past presidents’ approval ratings have tended to shift over the course of the year, but those shifts haven’t been predictable. This is most likely due to the highly polarized era we live in, in which most voters have already made up their minds about what they think about presidents. 

Five of the last 11 presidents running for reelection saw their approval ratings rise during the year while six saw them decline. 

Trump has had a remarkably steady approval rating, only fluctuating about 9 points over the course of his presidency, yet it’s important to note that the recent events in Iran may shake things up. 

President Trump will undoubtedly start off the new year at a disadvantage, as presidents with an approval rating of 43.6 percent or lower all lost their reelections since Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

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The hilariously half-witted Homer Simpson doesn’t think much of statistics and public opinion polls … In the ninth episode of The Simpsons’ sixth season (“Homer Badman”) it’s reported by Kent Brockman, the Emmy-winning newsman for Channel 6 TV, as he rounds out a news story on Homer being accused of sexually harassing Lisa’s (ardent feminist university student) babysitter—which, it later turns out, was an innocent misunderstanding between the latter two due to his usual idiocy—“Now, here are some results from our phone-in poll: ninety-five percent of people believe Homer Simpson is guilty. Of course this is just a television poll, which is not legally binding; unless Proposition 304 passes, and we all pray it will.” …... In the fifth season’s eleventh episode, “Homer the Vigilante”, he’s personally interviewed by Kent Brockman: “Mr. Simpson, how do you respond to the charges that petty vandalism such as graffiti is down eighty percent, while heavy sack beatings are up a shocking nine hundred percent?” To this Homer arrogantly replies, “Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent—40 percent of all people know that.” “I see,” says Brockman, unimpressed. “Well, what do you say to the accusation that your group has been causing more crimes than it’s been preventing?” Homer again sounding ridiculous and overconfident: “Oh, Kent, I’d be lying if I said my men weren’t committing crimes.” Brockman momentarily pauses before closing the interview with, “Well, touché.”


And the pathetic thing is it'll get re-elected.

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