Shutdown Leaves Trump With Worst Monthly Approval Rating in His Presidency

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Data released Thursday from a Morning Consult poll shows President Donald Trump had his worst month ever as president, as his approval rating dropped to a new record low in January.

Only 40 percent of voters approved of Trump in January. A record 55 percent of voters disapproved of Trump.

Republicans still mostly favored Trump, but the 83 percent approval from his own party recorded in January is the lowest since the Brett Kavanaugh nomination hearings in September.

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The low approval rating correlated with the partial government shutdown that lasted from Dec. 22 to Jan. 25 — the longest in American history.

Multiple polls from the times showed the majority of Americans blamed Trump for the shutdown even though he tried to pin it on Democrats for not giving in to his demands for funding for a southern border wall.

Along with the shutdown in January, trump experienced a major power shift in Washington. Democrats regained control of the House early in January and have been challenging the president ever since.

According to Morning Consult, the ratings across states were fairly consistent. Only 12 states had a majority of voters who approved of Trump.

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Trump’s approval rating could be in jeopardy again if the government shuts down once more next Friday due to Republicans and Democrats being unable to come to an agreement on border security. In that case, the president said he would either shut down the government or declare a national emergency.

Morning Consult surveyed 156,104 people from Jan. 1-31.

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