When Americans are asked to name their least admired president since World War II, the results aren't even close.
Trump never stops making history. But being named the least admired president in over seven decades is hardly a laudable achievement.
According to a new Quinnipiac University survey, 41 percent of Americans say Trump is the worst president since the end of World War II.
“In 73 years, 13 men have governed from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and none of them have done so with less admiration from the American people,” notes Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll.
By contrast, President Barack Obama nearly earned the title as the best president since World War II, with 24 percent. That was just behind Ronald Reagan who topped the poll at 28 percent. Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton took the third and fourth spots, respectively.
Just 7 percent of Americans think Trump qualifies as the best president.
And just last month, Trump ranked dead last in the “Presidential Greatness Survey” published by the American Political Science Association. Respondents to that survey included current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
And of course, Trump received basement-level approval ratings right from the beginning.
Less than one month into his term, with an approval rating of only 41 percent, Trump already lagged behind every president in recent history. Going back to Harry S. Truman in 1945, every new president enjoyed approval ratings in the 50s or higher.
Most presidents tend to reach their polling peak during their first 100 days in office. After that, conflicts and tough choices mount and a portion of voters traditionally lose faith.
But with Trump, a huge portion of voters disapproved of him from day one.
That widespread disdain has only continued to solidify. And Trump is now the overwhelming choice as the worst U.S. president in modern American history.
Elsewhere in the Quinnipiac poll, 70 percent of Americans believe Russians tried to interfere in the 2016 campaign. And a plurality of 36 percent believes that Russian interference changed the outcome of the election.
And Trump’s approval remains stuck at 38 percent, with 62 percent of all women disapproving of him.
Trump is indeed making history. But it’s not the kind of history anyone wants to make.