Trump is the first elected U.S. president to start out with a job approval rating below 50% in the history of Gallup surveys, which date back to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. Just 45% of respondents said they approve of the job Trump is doing, while 45% disapprove, according to a Gallup poll.
By comparison, former President Barack Obama began his term with a 68% approval rating, according to Gallup polling. George W. Bush began with a 57% approval rating. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan had 51% approval ratings at the start of their terms, but they had much lower disapproval ratings—just 6% and 13%, respectively.
An overwhelming majority of Republicans (90%) approved of Trump, while a large majority of Democrats (81%) disapproved. More women (48%) disapproved of Trump than men (41%). And majorities of nonwhites and young adults disapproved of Trump’s performance, while majorities of whites and people over 65 approved.
The survey of 1,525 adults, conducted Jan. 20-22, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.