How low can it go? President Trump’s approval rating reaches a new low

President Donald Trump pauses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, during his address to a joint session of Congress. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)

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President Donald Trump’s approval rating officially hit a new low. According to a Gallup Poll released March 18, only 37 percent of Americans approve of the job that he’s doing, while 58 percent disapprove.

The drop came as Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey was scheduled to testify before Congress Monday. That testimony revealed the agency has “no information” that Trump Tower had been wiretapped as President Trump had alleged earlier this month.

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While the approval rating is the lowest it’s been since he took office Jan. 20, his approval rating has never been high. His incoming approval rating of 45 percent was the lowest approval rating of any incoming president in Gallup’s history, and since taking office, his approval rating has hovered in the mid to low 40s until its drop late last week.

The March 18 approval rating is also an approval rating low that former President Obama never reached. His lowest Gallup Poll approval rating was 38 percent, which he reached a few times throughout his presidency, including August and September 2011 when America’s credit rating was downgraded and in September 2014 when ISIS released a video showing the terrorist group beheading journalists captured overseas.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to show that the approval rating low was reached on March 18. 

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