WASHINGTON — Two weeks into his term, a CNN/ORC poll shows Donald Trump with a 44 percent approval rating, the worst showing for any newly elected president in the history of polling.
To put the numbers in perspective, George W. Bush, the last president to take office without winning the popular vote, held a 57 percent approval rating based on a poll taken at roughly the same time in his presidency.
A 1981 poll examining Ronald Reagan’s administration found numbers not significantly higher than President Trump’s. According to Gallup, Reagan’s first approval rating was just 51 percent.
The 2017 poll was conducted Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 among a national sample of 1,200 Americans.
Results for the full sample have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.