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After one year in office, President Donald Trump has a positive net approval rating in only 19 U.S. states, half as many as when he first took office in January 2017, according to the latest polling data.
While the Republican has seen a slight increase in overall net approval rating over the past several months, Trump’s work during his first year in office was widely panned by respondents, Morning Consult’s data from all 50 states released Tuesday showed.
Last month, Trump had a 44 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval rating among registered voters. Those numbers still represented a two-point increase in net approval rating—the difference between approval and disapproval ratings—in September and a four-point jump compared to October and November.
But while Trump’s overall numbers may have improved recently, over the past year he’s lost support from more than a dozen states. When he first entered office in January 2017, Trump had a positive net approval rating in 38 U.S. states. West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wyoming led the pack, all with a net approval rating of at least 34 percent.
Trump managed to maintain those strongholds but has since seen his net approval drop across the country. Even in West Virginia, Trump went from a 37 percent net approval to 22 percent over 12 months. Similarly, Kentucky and Tennessee both went from 34 percent to 16 percent, while Alabama dropped from 36 percent to 29 percent.
Those drops weren't the only bad news for the president. The number of respondents who strongly disapproved of Trump's performance also climbed significantly. A year ago, 28 percent strongly disapproved of Trump, but last month that number had increased to 39 percent. Conversely, 27 percent strongly approved in January of last year, and now only 22 percent have the same feeling.
Still, Trump has managed to rally Republican support as 2018’s midterm elections draw closer. Last month, 48 percent of GOP voters strongly approved of Trump’s work, a significant increase from 43 percent in September.
The data was based on Morning Consult surveys taken between January 20, 2017, and January 29 of this year and drew responses from more than 800,000 voters from all 50 states.
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