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  • President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30.

    President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 30. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 January 2018

Trump's approval rate is currently languishing at 38 percent; that's 19 points lower than Obama after his first year in office, according to Gallup.

Trump's approval rate after his first 12 months in office is currently languishing at 38 percent: the lowest ranking U.S. president since Gallup first began its popularity polls with Harry Truman in 1945. 

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The rate broke the 50 percent mark in just 12 states: the same states in which he performed best during the 2016 elections, notably West Virginia, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, North and South Dakota.

West Virginia gave Trump his highest rating, with 61 percent. Vermont is the least approving state, registering just 26 percent. The District of Columbia, meanwhile, recorded the lowest approval: a dismal six percent.

In 2009, then-President Barack Obama had a 57 percent rating after his first year in office, registering 50 percent or higher in 41 states.

The dismal statistics suggest the Republican Party could lose its Congressional majority: presidents with an approval rating of less than 50 percent tend to lose an average of 36 seats.

Gallup's results are based on 171,469 tracking interviews conducted in 2017, with each state's sample relative to the size of its adult population.

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