Why was Truman so unpopular

Because of the most unpopular president

Donald Trump does a lot for a bad name - it seems. However, its survey results are surprising compared to its predecessors.

Yannick Wiget, Mathias Lutz

Donald Trump goes to great lengths to offend as often as possible. "I don't think so," said the US president to a climate report by his own authorities. Then he once again attacked special investigator Robert Mueller, incited against migrants on the border with Mexico, against the TV broadcaster CNN and his favorite opponent Hillary Clinton - all within the last 24 hours.

Since Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, he has made many enemies. His gruff manner met with resistance from the population as well. This had a negative effect, especially at the beginning of his term in office. It was said again and again that he was the most unpopular president of all time. In fact, things went badly for Trump in the first few months: his poll numbers fell continuously. In December a year ago, he still had 36 percent approval - as little as Harry Truman at the end of his first term in office in the 1940s.

But since then the tide has turned, as a summary of all major opinion polls by the US data journalists from “Five Thirty Eight” shows. After almost two years in office, 42.5 percent, i.e. almost half of Americans, think Trump is doing a good job. That is almost the same as with his predecessor Barack Obama at the same time.

Obama was much more popular than Trump when he took office: More than two thirds of the population voted in favor of the first black president in early 2009. Then the euphoria flattened out. In December, almost a year after his election, Obama's approval rating fell below 50 percent for the first time and at the time Trump is currently, it was 45 percent.

In the second half of his first term, however, Obama's values ​​recovered. Before he was re-elected, a majority of the population stood behind him. In the case of Trump, it is still unclear whether the upward trend will continue or whether there will be a change of course as in the case of Obama, which would then, however, turn into negative.

Rise of Clinton, Fall of Bush

The curve for previous presidents was different from that of Obama. The Republican George W. Bush was much less popular at first, but then his values ​​exploded in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the Americans were almost united behind the government. A month later, Bush, who was able to distinguish himself as a strong man at the head of a united nation, recorded an approval rating of 88.4 percent - no other US president achieved such a high value.

The crash inevitably followed: Bush lost more and more popularity in the course of his first term in office, and the high during the Iraq war in 2003 only briefly interrupted this development. In the meantime, 44 percent of the population were still satisfied with his work, which roughly corresponds to Donald Trump's current mark, but meant that Bush's best value was halved.

His predecessor Bill Clinton was never as popular as Bush enjoyed in 2001. But its development was the opposite. The approval ratings of the Democrats experienced an ups and downs in the first two years, briefly even fell below that of Trump. After that, however, they kept increasing At the end of his first term, Clinton knew 60 percent of the population behind him. (The Lewinsky affair did not occur until 1998 and had a negative effect on Clinton's acceptance.)

Trump is still a long way from that. Only at the very beginning of his tenure did he have more approval than disapproval. Furthermore, a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with his job. Since May, Trump's approval ratings have remained stable between 40 and 43 percent, which is quite astonishing in view of the ongoing controversy surrounding the current US president.

And there have already been presidents like George Bush Senior (1989-1992) and Jimmy Carter (1977-1980) who had higher rejection values ​​in their first term of office, i.e. were less popular than Trump.

As is well known, Trump, who accuse his opponent of narcissism, gives something to these polls. He has often tweeted about it when his approval rating was revised up again. So his goal should be to break the 50 percent mark one day.

It is not yet clear in which direction Trump's polls will move. They have been relatively stable for about half a year. According to a survey published yesterday by the Gallup Institute, which is not as representative as the summary of all polls from "Five Thirty Eight", 6 out of 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the president's work. Trump's reaction was not long in coming. "CNN is unfairly and wrongly portraying the USA," he blasphemed on Twitter via the TV station that announced the results.

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