The press likes to tell us daily how low the approval ratings have been for President Donald Trump.
But, as it turns out, Trump is doing better in the polls than former President Bill Clinton did in the first 138 days of their presidencies.
According to Newsweek, the polling site FiveThirtyEight has Trump at 39 approval at 138 days into his first term. The same polling service showed that Clinton’s approval rating was lower at 37.8 percent at the same point in his presidency.
A number of factors were blamed for Clinton’s low approval at the time. The economy wasn’t exactly humming along. There were the beginnings of an ethics controversy over the White House travel office. Clinton also allowed gay people to serve in the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that angered people, both for allowing gay people to serve and for not treating gay people equally.
Clinton, of course, weathered the storm and his poll numbers turned around. By the time he left office after serving two terms he had a 66 percent approval rating.
The take away from the comparison is that it’s far too early to determine how popular a President Donald Trump will prove to be.