President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to a new record low after just two months in office.
A Gallup poll released on Sunday show that between Friday and Sunday Trump had lost some 3 points from 40 per cent to 37 per cent.
This is the first time in 70 years a US president has been rated 37 per cent in his first term of office. Other presidents have gone lower but that has been in their second term in office.
The findings come not long before the Congressional hearing on Russia and whether the country interfered in the 2016 election to give the Republican candidate a boost. Both parties have flatly denied the allegations.
It also comes a day before James Comey, the FBI Director throw cold water on his claims that former President Barack Obama and the UK illegally wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.
The Gallup findings were based on a continuous 3-day average since Trump too over office.
It will be recalled that Mr. Trump had questioned why former President Obama had a “record low” Gallup approval rating of 39 per cent in August 2011 – a low bar that Mr Trump has now surpassed.
The poll calculates approval ratings by surveying around 1,500 American adults on the telephone, and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
The business tycoon-turned-politician entered office on 20 January with an approval rating of around 45 per cent, but it had dipped to 38 per cent less than one month later.
In the first weeks of his term, he has attacked intelligence agencies and the media for being “dishonest” and pedaling “fake news”. Several of his executive orders to ban travellers from at least six Muslim-majority countries were struck down by federal judges who called the orders “unconstitutional” as they were based on anti-Muslim sentiment.
Also in his first two months, the President has accused protesters of being paid by billionaire George Soros, and has failed to strongly address racism and anti-Semitism. When questioned on the growing number of anti-Semitic bomb threats and vandalism at a press conference by a Jewish reporter, he told the journalist to sit down and instead talked about his election victory.