There is nothing normal about President Donald Trump’s first term in office, but some of the numbers being used to measure his successes and failures are downright dumbfounding.
Trump himself is an icon to many, and a demagogue to others. He embodies the American dream of taking opportunity by the horns and wrestling it to the ground, while also unapologetically doing and saying whatever he pleases – which often ends with a great many on the liberal left being highly offended.
His behavior has also earned him the not-so-flattering distinction of being the first President to even be impeached during his first term.
Despite this, a strange metric has emerged, however, that may very well demonstrate how different the American political world is today, even when compared to only eight short years ago.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating has soared past that of ex-President Barack Obama’s at the same point in his administration, defying negative sterotypes driven by opponents as he became only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.
Trump’s job approval rating 151 weeks into his presidency sits at 45 percent, as revealed by a Gallup poll last Wednesday. That puts Trump three points higher than the 42 percent approval rating Gallup found for Obama at the same point of his presidency.
Gallup’s poll recorded a similar job disapproval rating for both presidents 151 weeks into their administrations. Some 51 percent of voters said they disapprove of Trump’s performance in a Gallup poll conducted Dec. 2-15, compared with 50 percent of voters saying they disapproved of Obama’s performance in a Dec. 12-18, 2011 Gallup poll.
Even more shockingly, Trump’s approval rating has increased in the time since the Democrats began their impeachment proceedings against him.