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More Than a Third of Americans Give Trump's First Year a Resounding 'F': Poll

The country is deeply unhappy with its president.

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Americans aren’t happy with President Donald Trump. While this isn’t news per se, his low approval ratings may leave you wondering just why exactly most citizens are disappointed.

A new poll offers something approaching an answer. According to Politico/Morning Consult's latest findings, the country is most dissatisfied with the president's performance in several domestic and international categories.

Of the 1,988 people surveyed in early January, Trump earned an F grade from the majority of respondents. The issues covered include fixing the national debt, immigration and fighting terrorism, among others. When asked for an overall grade on Trump’s first year in office, the lion’s share of respondents (35 percent) gave Trump a failing grade.

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Unsurprisingly, the president performed poorest on climate change. A whopping 40 percent said Trump has utterly failed to combat global warming, a grade he likely earned thanks to his retreat from the Paris Agreement and the enormous tax cuts he gifted to the oil and gas industry as part of the GOP's tax reform bill.

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Trump fared almost as badly on foreign relations and health care. In both categories, the largest group of participants (38 percent) gave the president an F.

Politico’s readers tend to lean liberal, though that’s not the case with this poll. Participants are spread evenly between race, gender, geographical location, political leaning, party affiliation, and age. Most earn under $50K and have some college experience, but not a bachelor’s degree.

Interestingly, the poll shows that exactly the same percentage of people think Trump will get better (37 percent) as those who think he’ll get worse (also 37 percent).

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Liz Posner is a managing editor at AlterNet. Her work has appeared on Forbes.com, Bust, Bustle, Refinery29, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @elizpos.