In mid-June, President Donald Trumps approval ratings started falling after initally having risen amid the coronavirus crisis. By the end of July, they had experienced a slight uptick and reached 41 percent, but remained below levels seen earlier in the year.
Comparing President Barack Obama's and President Donald Trump's approval ratings in relation to the time they've been in office, both initially came pretty close of each other in their third year. In early 2020, Trump's ratings picked up, hitting 49 percent at the end of January (month 36) during impeachment hearings in the Senate and overtaking Obama's at the time. According to Gallup, Obama's approval rating was only 45 percent at the same time in January 2012.
Trump's approval ratings rose from a low of 39 percent in early October 2019 after formal impeachment proceedings started. Obama started his presidency at a much higher approval rating than Trump, but found himself in the same lull at 40 percent in October 2011, following low job creation and a feud with the Republicans about raising the debt ceiling. In 2012, Obama was able to recover his ratings somewhat and reached 47 percent in late July after the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court.