Donald Trump's Final Approval Rating Is Stark Contrast to His First

The level of disapproval of Donald Trump as he leaves office marks a stark contrast to when his term began. Trump's term officially ends on Wednesday, January 20, with President-elect Joe Biden to be inaugurated at midday.

His tenure ended in controversy following the violent events of January 6 and his subsequent impeachment in relation to them—with which he became the first-ever president to be impeached twice.

A Senate trial looms in which the upper chamber may convict Trump this time around, on the charge of inciting an insurrection, and it could also bar him from holding office.

FiveThirtyEight's tracker, which is a weighted average of approval polls, has Trump's final average disapproval rating at close to a peak at 57.4 percent. The highest it ever reached was 58.1 percent, just last week. His last approval average had him at 39.2 percent.

When the tracker began, on January 23, 2017, Trump was at 41.3 percent disapproval and 45.5 percent approval.

RealClear Politics' tracker showed similar results.

Its average, starting January 27, 2017, had him at 44.3 percent approval and 44.2 percent disapproval at that initial juncture. In its last average from January 19, Trump's rating was placed at 57 percent disapprove and 40 percent approve.

Gallup polling has shown Trump's average approval rating throughout his years in office to have been 41 percent, lower than any other commander-in-chief since its polling began.

Trump is also the only president to never surpass 50 percent approval in Gallup polling. His low numbers were in part attributed to "extreme polarization" in the country.

While Trump's approval has dipped over his four years in the White House, he continues to be tipped for a political future with speculation of him running again in 2024.

Polling has indicated support among Republicans for this, with many still seeing him as having a positive effect upon the GOP.

Trump himself has hinted at running again and spoke of the end of his tenure only marking a beginning for his "movement" in his farewell address.

"As I prepare to hand power over to a new administration at noon on Wednesday, I want you to know that the movement we started is only just beginning," he said.

"There's never been anything like it. The belief that a nation must serve its citizens will not dwindle but instead only grow stronger by the day.

"As long as the American people hold in their hearts deep and devoted love of country, then there is nothing that this nation cannot achieve."

He has said he will pray for the success of the incoming administration. "This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous," he said.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on the president's approval ratings.

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resident Donald Trump speaks following a section of the border wall in Alamo, Texas, on January 12, 2021. He has seen his approval rating dip throughout his presidency, ending with much higher disapproval than when his term began. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images