Poll Marking Trump's First 200 Days: Low Approval Ratings and Mistrust

CNN's survey shows historically low numbers for a president in such an early stage of his first term

U.S. President Donald Trump during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, July 31, 2017.
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WASHINGTON - A poll released by CNN marking U.S. President Donald Trump’s 200 days in office on Tuesday showed troubling results for the president. 

The poll, conducted by the SSRS polling company, found that only 38 percent of the respondents approved of Trump's performance as president, versus 56 percent who disapproved – historically low numbers for a president in such an early stage of his first term. 

When respondents who identified as Republicans were asked what they think about Trump's performance, 59 percent said they "strongly approve" of it – a low number compared to the vast majority of recent polls. The last time CNN presented that question to Republican respondents in a poll, 73 percent strongly approved of Trump's handling of the presidency. This drop in support will be interpreted as a problem for Trump within his own political "base" of support. 

According to CNN, "looking back over the first 200 days of Trump's time in office, just 36 percent say they consider it a success, and 59 percent consider it a failure. Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were viewed as successful at this stage of their presidency by most Americans (56 percent for Bush, 51 percent for Obama)." In addition, 60 percent of the respondents said they don't consider Trump honest and trustworthy, and 55 percent said he has lowered the stature of the presidency. 

The good news for Trump is that 53 percent of the respondents said they feel things are "going well" in the United States, and almost half approve of Trump's handling of the economy. On most other major policy issues – from health care to immigration to foreign affairs – the disapproval for Trump's signature policies was higher than 50 percent, and in some cases even 60 percent. 

Trump has consistently mocked and downplayed the importance of most public opinion polls, pointing to the fact that many polls predicted Hillary Clinton would win the presidency in 2016. He has, however, periodically shared polls that showed less dismal results for him on his personal Twitter account.