Donald Trump's Favorite Approval Rating Poll Just Gave Him His Lowest Mark in a Year

Amid the longest government shutdown in the nation's history, President Donald Trump's approval rating has dipped across a number of polls—even his favorite conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

On Monday, Trump's approval rating Monday by Rasmussen Reports, which tracks the rating daily, fell to 43 percent among likely voters, the lowest since January 2018 when it bottomed out at 42 percent. Trump's latest disapproval rating was 55 percent. Close to half, 46 percent, strongly disapproved of the president, while 32 percent strongly approved of him.

Rasmussen Reports, which Trump has often referenced in tweets, on Monday stated that his "overall job approval rating has been falling since his Oval Office address last week calling for enhanced border security and the building of a wall to help stop illegal immigration."

The Rasmussen poll is based on telephone surveys of 500 likely voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.



Other surveys also suggest that Trump is becoming increasingly unpopular because of the shutdown. His net job disapproval rating was 57 percent in a CNN poll conducted last Thursday and Friday, up from 52 percent disapproval when the same poll question was asked between December 6 and 9. Thirty-seven percent approved of the way Trump was handling his job in the latest poll, down from 39 percent in the December survey.

The president's disapproval rating has been higher four times since the poll was first conducted in late January 2017. Trump's disapproval peaked at 59 percent in mid-December 2017, after Roy Moore, the candidate he endorsed, lost the Alabama Senate race. Trump's disapproval rating hit 58 percent three times: in early September 2018, mid-February 2018 and early November 2017. It also hit 57 percent in mid-October 2017.

Fifty-five percent of respondents in the latest survey said Trump was more responsible for the shutdown, while only 32 percent thought it was the responsibility of Democrats in Congress, who have refused to provide funding for a border wall in its spending bills. In the new poll, 39 percent favored building a wall, up 1 percent from December.

On Monday, the 24th day of the partial shutdown, Trump continued to put th eonus of the shutdown on the Democrats.

"I've been waiting all weekend," he tweeted. "Democrats must get to work now. Border must be secured!"

He also tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader "Cryin' Chuck" Schumer "can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes. At this point it has become theis, and the Democrats, fault!"

The new CNN poll was conducted by SSRS and included 848 adults, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

A Morning Consult poll released on December 26 found that just 39 percent of registered voters approved of Trump's job performance, and that 80 percent of them were Republicans.