President Donald Trump’s Presidential Approval Index may be in the negative numbers, but he still has a double-digit lead on the rating former President Barack Obama had earned on the same day in his presidency.
According to Rasmussen’s daily tracking data, on Friday President Trump’s numbers were as follows:
- 36 percent Strongly Approve of the president
- 43 percent Strongly Disapprove of the president
Trump’s Presidential Approval Index rating, found by subtracting the disapproval rating from the approval rating, is -7.
President Barack Obama, on this day in his second year in office, had much lower approval numbers.
- 26 percent Strongly Approve of the president
- 45 percent Strongly Disapprove of the president
His Presidential Approval Index was -19.
Former President Obama also had lower overall approval numbers — 44 percent compared to President Trump’s 50 percent; as well as higher disapproval numbers — 55 percent compared to Trump’s 49 percent.
Obama’s party, just five weeks later, suffered devastating and record-setting losses in Congress in the 2010 midterm election. Democrats lost 63 seats in the House and 6 in the Senate.
Some, like Matt Drudge, have predicted that President Trump may also face historic losses in his first midterm this November — but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said that if Trump can keep his approval rating over 43 percent, he stands a chance of holding on to his majorities in Congress.
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