Donald Trump’s approval rating as the 100-day mark nears is the lowest for any president since pollsters started measuring it in 1945, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday.
The survey shows that only forty-two percent of Americans say they approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent say they disapprove. Eight years ago, Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had an approval rating of 69 percent, with 26 disapproving.
Trump doesn’t appear to have to worry yet about whether support from those who voted for him in November will falter. Incredibly, 96 percent of respondents who voted for Trump say it was the right thing to do, with only 2 percent regretting the decision, according to the poll of 1,004 adults.
Over the past week, the president has dismissed the importance of the 100-day mark, labeling it a “ridiculous standard.” Trump announced Saturday, however, that he will hold a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on April 29, which marks the 100th day of his presidency.
The last president with an approval rating below 50 percent at this point in his administration was Gerald Ford, with only 48 percent approving of his performance, though only 32 percent disapproved. Ford, of course, was not elected to the office, succeeding Richard M. Nixon in August 1974.
Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon that the polls that had just come out were good because they show he continues to have his voters stand by him.
“New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in … popular vote. ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.