In March, a Gallup poll revealed that President Trump has already received approval ratings as low as Barack Obama ever saw during his eight years in office.
According to the poll, only 37% of Americans approved of Trump’s actions in office, just a few weeks ago.
But that’s dramatically changed.
This poll came from the Rasmussen Reports, and it features one of Trump’s highest levels of approval since taking office.
Something that made Trump very happy, apparently:
TRUMP APPROVAL HITS 50%https://t.co/vjZkGTyQb9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017
But, Rasmussen’s results are not in line with several other polls. Depending on the poll viewed, Trump still hasn’t hit 50%, according to FiveThirtyEight:Mandel Ngan/Getty Images
While the Trump team is likely toasting to their growing approval, one member of the Republican Party is going to have to put the celebration on hold.
According to a Pew Research study, only 29% of Americans approve of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
The dismal approval ratings for Ryan come after he failed to replace the Affordable Care Act, something that Americans blame Ryan for more than they blame President Trump:Mark Wilson/Getty Images
It’s important to note that Ryan’s low approval ratings aren’t just a Republican versus Democrat phenomenon.
Ryan is much more disliked than several of his predecessors.
According to Time:
“75% of Democrats disapprove of Ryan’s job performance. Less than half of Democrats — 49% — disapproved of Boehner’s, and 61% disapproved of Gingrich’s.”
As for those before Ryan, Time notes:
“Former House Speaker John Boehner had a 36% approval rating. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, then-House speaker, had a 35% approval rating, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich scored 43%.”
Trump’s bumpy first 100 days may be just the beginning. He has plenty of tests of public opinion coming up, including dealing with increased tensions with North Korea, scrutiny over increased deportations, criticism of time spent golfing, promises to repeal Obamacare, and to reform the tax code still weighing on voters’ minds.